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The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have been serving in Italy for over 60 years (since 1947). For over half a century, they have upheld and furthered the mission of caring for the poor and needy — those who have been neglected and ignored by greater society. Today, the Sisters have over 10 different programs in a multitude of areas and locations.

 

 

 

 

 

  • pl 00Finally, on November 18, we officially inaugurated our new community, Perfetta Letizia. Everything was carefully prepared; the chapel was decorated in a harmony of colors. The prayers and songs were augmented with simple gestures...

  • piazza l 00Sisters and Associates of the Franciscan of the Poor are assisting poor and homeless people by providing a “Network for Meals on the Streets.” The project involves parishes, associations and volunteers in the distribution of...

  • 7ceste 00In 2016, the Diocesan Caritas movement in collaboration with the Municipality of Assisi, opened a charity store called “Seven Baskets” (“7 Ceste”). I was involved, as a  volunteer, from the very beginning. Prior to its opening...

  • fpa 00In January, the Italian area held two meetings on ‘permanent formation’ for the Sisters. Central and southern communities met in Vermicino from on January 13th and 14th, while central and northern communities met in Assisi... 

  • am 00My name is Emanuele, my wife is Giorgia, we have two children and we all are part of the great family of Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. We participated in the meetings for families and in the activities of the community...

  • cccs 18 00The idea of I Colori di Colei che sa (“The Colors of She, who knows”) takes its cue from the experience of service at the ‘Bread for the Poor’ charity. In cooperation with the Order of Friars Minor Conventual in Padua...

  • sbf 00The words of our founder, Mother Frances: “I recognized so clearly the Lord in the poor and suffering people, that it was as if I had seen him through the body’s eyes”, have always guided my ministry...

  • Il desiderio mI first met the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1991.  I offered to help Sr. Giuliana by spending some hours volunteering for a Caritas project on behalf of Roma people. As it turned out, I ended up volunteering for almost ten years...

  • mfm 00In recent years, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have been reflecting on ways to involve more lay people in the journey of the Congregation. For this reason, we prepared a ‘Charism formation journey’ to promote knowledge of Blessed...

  • aai 17 00The Italian Area Assembly, took place from March 30 to April 2, 2017. At this meeting, we deepened together  the third Capitular Calling: “We will embrace change at all stages of life, and see them as opportunities for spiritual healing...

  • ccs 00Last year in Padua, during a pastoral activity, some young participants and Sisters went to meet a woman who attended a project called, “The Colors of She who knows.” It is an experience that involves migrant women of different...

  • adol 2017 00About three years ago, two parishes in Pistoia, Italy -- St. Benedetto and St. Francesco -  worked together to produce a growth experience for the teenagers who just had confirmed. There were about fifteen of them, and it was a challenge...

  • af 00Hello to everyone, my name is Francesca, and I have been an associate of Franciscan Sisters of the Poor for several years. I live and work in Rome, my hometown. From 2002 to 2004 I stayed in Casetta Nova, a center for young people... 

  • rpa 00On Saturday, December 18, we celebrated Mother Frances’ feast in Padua with our friends and relatives, and with the communities of Casa Nazareth and Porta San Giacomo. It was a special occasion for Associates both because...

  • at 00In recent years the beautiful Italian coasts have become sadly famous for the arrival of many migrants. Many of them, men, women and children survived the long journey, many others have tragically ended their dreams...

  • lucio spinola 00Lucio Spinola became an SFP Associate on May 11, 1997, when he celebrated his Covenant as Associate, inspired in part by the example and involvement of his wife Anna Apicella, who became an Associate in 1995. He and Anna...

  • af sfp a 00Antonio and his wife, Adele, learned about the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor through his two daughters who participated in the Youth Group led by the Sisters of the Santa Chiara Community in Messina. He became an Associate...

  • cappie ric 00We want to share with you a story about rebirth and Resurrection as told to us by a married couple at an SFP family meeting. It is a real life story that enabled them to start all over again with new hope and love. Here is their story...

  • cn 00On September 3, 2016 a small sprout popped out of the ground, grown from a seed sown in fertile ground. It was the day I began my novitiate, and it was marked by great gratitude for what God generously gave to my life. I was...

  • sfv 00After six years on the wonderful island of Sicily, a period of time spent at our Mission in the Philippines, I was given the gift of a period of rest and rejuvenation during the month of August. Grateful for the gift of this experience -- and grateful...

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