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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.
  • Our path of Resurrection

    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...

  • Here is my bread…

    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...

  • A time of transformation

    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...

  • The couple: yesterday, today and tomorrow

    pfm 04The families with whom the SFP in Messina have been working met in Savoca for the last weekend event of the year. In the morning, each couple was invited to come up with a creative way to represent these three stages. They were to highlight the healing...

  • As charitable apostles

    pan val 0I learned that it is possible to act as charitable apostles even though one owns nothing. How does this happen? In a very easy way, just being myself, in all aspects. I learned not to be ashamed of the situation I am experiencing. All of...

  • From the wound to healing

    Famiglie Roma 2016 00From April 23 to 25 we gathered in Frascati, at the Centro Papa Giovanni XXIII, for the Family Conference of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor on the theme: from the wound to the healing, between fragility of relationships and healing energy...

  • Connected to the Jubilee of Mercy

    giub ad 00In answer to the call of the Holy Father for the faithful to participate fully in this Jubilee Year of Mercy (April 22cd and the 25th), people from all over the world came to Rome – and many boys and girls from different italian towns...

  • Prophets of Dialogue and Healing in the Church and the World

    aa it 16 00We met in Vermicino for our Area Assembly; our objective was to deepen our first Chapter Call - To Be Prophets of Dialogue and Healing in the Church and throughout the World. We used the symbol of a “Door”...

  • "Wake up the World"

    smgr 00"Soul, be strong! Persevere, be faithful! Bear fruit, wake up the world!" A Meeting of International Young Consecrated Persons called “Wake Up the World” was held in Rome from September 15 to 19 2015 – a highly anticipated event.

  • Blessed by God's love

    ben mOn May 3rd, 2015, during the Area Assembly, we took a moment to celebrate our sisters’ jubilees. We thanked God for His faith and His infinite love…And for this occasion, we asked our sisters to share something...

  • On the Path of God...with gratitude

    nov 00On May 30 in Vermicino, two young women said “yes” to God: Carmen and Roberta. Roberta entered the Novitiate and Carmen the Pre-Novitiate. Their faith and trust in God helps our religious Family continue to spread the culture of...

  • Leave the door open to Hope

    l 00‘L’ is a young woman from the Congo who came to Italy hoping that she could create a life with dignity. Her newly wed husband, a young doctor, stayed behind in their country. ‘L’ has lodged at the parish rectory in the outskirts of Padua ever since...

  • Together in Service, in Prayer and in Discernment

    fp 00As is the custom each year, the Italian Area, divided into two zones – Assissi and Vermicino -- met for a weekend of Permanent Formation. What resulted were days filled with the joy of meeting together...

  • Ritual in Messina and Padua

     

    rmp 00We plan, in the coming years, to implement our Chapter Direction: to live as Resurrected. As we exchanged the blessings, hopes and prayers, each of us experienced the healing energy of our Charism working within our group...

  • Ritual in Rome and Vermicino

    rmv 00The atmosphere of profound meditation allowed us to feel the sacredness of this historical moment for the Congregation, so we closed the retreat by dedicating some time to a prayer of transition, which helped us understand more deeply...

  • Ritual in Assisi and Pistoia

    r apv 00We shared our feelings and prayers regarding this transition and, by doing so, felt in communion with every other daughter and son of Mother Frances. We asked for new vocations so as to disseminate the Charism even more in Italy and beyond...

  • Associates Beyond Borders

    rp 00This past May 22nd, we renewed our Covenants as Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. During our preparatory meeting with the sisters in the Saint Clare Community, we shared our proposals, our experiences with Mother Frances...

  • A day of pure joy

    m0August 30 was truly a special day in my life, a day full of joy! After spending 5 years in Rome, I consecrated my life as a Member of the SFP family. The day I was to say ‘yes’ had come, and I felt protected and supported by...

  • Being Apostles of the Resurrection

    essere mOn May 4th and 5th the communities of Rome and Messina held their meeting and on May 24th and 25th, the communities of Pistoia, Assisi and Padua had their gathering. These meetings marked an important stage in the Italian...

  • Give and it will be given to you

    date mI am Sr. Mara Bellutta and on April 26 2014 I consecrated my life to God in the family of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. In the months leading up to this date, many people asked if I was afraid of dedicating the rest of...