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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.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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...

  • The International Ogranization for Migrations estimates that about one million human beings are victims of trafficking every year – 500,000 of them in Europe...

  • 1previewIt is October 6 and here I am about to take a new step in my journey as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. After years of temporary vows and formation, the moment has come for me to say “yes” forever...

  • 11previewThanks to the Congregational Calendar theme during the month of April, we had the opportunity to experiment with and venture into the art of mandalas. My experience with mandalas began during some...

  • 2a previewOur family recently experienced an important time of challenge and discernment about Valerio’s professional life. It was a troubled time. A decision was made in mid-May: Valerio resigned from his job...

  • a5preview During the night of May 20 a strong earthquake hit Modena in the northern part of Italy. This is the exact province where I was born. The shocks continue even now, the situation remains unstable and difficult for thousands of displaced people...
  • b5preview It is the end of June and Sisters and Associates gather in Vermicino for the annual Area Assembly. Our process of deepening our healing charism continues and in this meeting our attention is focused specifically on forgiving.
  • 7a previewHow do I live the healing Charism? There are many experiences I could talk about, but want to share the experience of welcoming, listening and giving practical...

  • 2previewDuring this past year following our Healing Conference, I found myself thinking frequently about “poverty.” I thought it was evident, and by now that its meaning in my life would be “clear."

  • 11previewWhen I discovered that a 17 year old nomad girl, mother of three children, had never seen the sea, I drove her in my car to the closest beach. Looking at the vast blue sea, her eyes shining with wonder...

  • 10previewI have been working as a visiting nurse for about six months and visit ten people daily, most of whom suffer from chronic, degenerative illnesses or cancer. I encounter a variety of family situations. Some people are alone...

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