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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.

 

 

 

 

 

  • coleichesa mThis year our Casetta Nova Community (casa S. Antonio), together with all the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Youth Center. We decided to celebrate in appreciation...

  • sr.giannagiovannangeliFive years ago, when I presented in Chapter, I told the Sisters that I love life and that there is a circle of life which I follow wherever it goes. Even after 25 years as a member of our religious family, I feel myself evolving and changing.

  • casadei mDuring this year – which for me is a jubilee year – I find myself looking at a statement made by Pope Ratzinger when he was still a Cardinal: “…for the Church the time has come for less organization and more Holy Spirit.”

  • barbassisi mI had the opportunity on October 4 to personally meet Pope Francis during his visit to Assisi. The Director of the Seraphic Institute for Disabled Children, where I worked during the months of August and September, requested my availability...

  • visitespeprmi mDuring the month of September, Italy received the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking (especially women and children), Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Esq. She had been invited by the Italian Government and met with various...

  • risc mDuring the apostolic visit of Sr. Tiziana Merletti to the communities of Pistoia and Assisi, the Sisters had the opportunity to reflect and exchange ideas on the theme of Franciscan Discernment. It was an opportunity...

  • altFrom April 25th to 30th, 2013, the General Assembly of the International Franciscan Conference of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular took place in Assisi. The themes was: “Rooted in Christ, On Fire with the Spirit, Go...

  • altFrom April 25th to 30th, 2013, the General Assembly of the International Franciscan Conference of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular took place in Assisi. The themes was: “Rooted in Christ, On Fire with the Spirit, Go...Transform the World!”

  • altIn my heart I can still hear the echo of the powerful words in the Gospel of May 18, 1984. “Peter, do you love me? Do you love me more than...?” We had chosen this passage because Mother Frances was inspired by it...

  • alt“Give me everything”
    These are the words I heard at 16 years of age that began my journey. In trying to understand what this meant and how to live it, I arrived at Casetta Nova. Meeting the Franciscan Sisters...

  • altWe gathered for the annual Area Assembly in Vermicino on April 5-7, 2013. This year the Assembly symbol was a tree, which, as we discovered, shares some elements with the human person. A tree has roots that -- like our feet...

  • We gathered for the annual Area Assembly in Vermicino on April 5-7, 2013. This year the Assembly symbol was a tree, which, as we discovered, shares some elements with the human person. A tree has roots that -- like our feet -- ground us on the earth; it grows...

  • cinziapreview“Has it ever happened to you that you feel at the center At the center of everything, at the center of this universe
    And as the world goes around, let it go around Has it ever happened that you feel you are elsewhere...

     

  • 9previewThe journey we have been taking helps us prepare for the General Chapter and deepen Mother Frances’ Charism both individually and with the people we meet in our ministries. Our community has witnessed the many ways...

  • altIn his covenant, Nino expressed the desire to “. . . live our charism fully and forever, offering and praying for all the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, new vocations and for the poor.” Antonino (Nino) Cama was an Associate since 1994.

  • altWhen Anna asked to enter the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, she was nineteen years of age. After the formation years, she took vows with the name of Sr. Consolata and made First Profession on January 5, 1960, making...

  • 1previewHer name is Sister Viera and she is a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. I met her in Frascati. With simplicity and candor, she was interviewed in the Italian publication “Controluce.”  Sister Viera talks about her life experiences...

  • 3preview I find the chosen theme to be wonderful and the phrase that expresses it to be incredibly incisive and profound. I believe that at the personal, community and cosmic level...
  • intropg1So many young people today struggle to find meaning, purpose, work and even God’s love! “...envisioning a positive future requires quite a bit of optimism and hope – qualities not easy to find today!”...

  • For each human being, family is the primary and essential school of love. Within this womb life is born. In the family, life is being protected and helped along the way until a person reaches full maturity...

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