A small group of Sisters came to the United States from Germany in 1858 to minister to the poor and sick. Sisters in the United States work in a variety of different ministries.

 

 

  • raccoltafondi mOn January 29 the global medical technology company Becton Dickinson (BD) sponsored an event for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor at its headquarters in New Jersey. The purpose of the event was to introduce...

  • senegalblessing mOn February 17, 2014, Sisters, Associates and Employees gathered in the St. Clare Convent dining room in Cincinnati, OH, to celebrate and bless a group of young adults traveling to Senegal for an...

  • ChristmasEve mIt was the night before Christmas, and all was still and quiet in the Magnificat Community. We had just finished our customary daily liturgy – and we designed a wonderful little service as part of our preparations for Mass on Christmas day.

  • planseeds mThe Archdiocese of Cincinnati announced that it would provide buses for teens who wanted to go to Indianapolis for the bi-annual National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, November 22, 2014. The theme...

  • newleadinst mOn December 1, 2013, the first Sunday of Advent, we experienced a meaningful step as Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, as we celebrated the installation of our Congregational Leadership elected at the last General Chapter. The ceremony took place...

  • guibass mI practice daily prayer and reflection based on the teachings of Francis and Clare and with materials received from the Congregation. I will continue to teach my high school students about Francis, Clare and the Congregation.

  • art.1 mThis year in the U.S. Area we celebrated 4 platinum jubilees (70 years), 3 diamond jubilees (60 years) and one golden jubilee (50 years). Over their collective 510 years of service, they have given much, seen much and, particularly...

  • checosa mDuring the U.S. Area Assembly in April there was a celebration of the 510 years of fidelity of these Sisters and God's fidelity to them. However, at that time it was really only the Sisters who were present. It seemed to me that it was fitting...

  • nashville mTwo of Tamar’s Place (Cincinnati) newest volunteers from Kentucky and myself attended Thistle Farms First National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on October 13-15, 2013. Thistle Farms was named by its founder, Episcopal...

  • massofrem mOn Saturday, November  2 – the Feast of All Souls – we held a Mass of Remembrance for Sisters and Associates who died during 2013. We gathered together with Father Fred Link, OFM, as the celebrant, and both Sisters and Associates who died...

  • subyear mLast Spring I requested the Congregation’s permission to take a sabbatical to prepare for heaven.  I am not sure what this meant for me  -- except I had lived a very active, busy life and was involved in ministry with our...

  • cronin mRuth Z. Cronin, 93, died at Jewish Hospital on Sunday, September 15, 2013. She was born July 15, 1920, beloved daughter of the late Alphonse and Amelia (Sohm) Zumwalde. Ruth had 6 children, 18 grandchildren...

  • decdirnuo mThe final week of the 14th General Chapter of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor was busy indeed! When the Members entered the Chapter Room for morning prayer on Sunday, September 1, 2013, they could see that it was a new day...

  • nlmOn September 4, 2013 and September 5, 2013 at the 14th General Chapter held in Marriottsville, Maryland, after prayer and discernment there was an election process to elect new leadership.

  • notedalcap mAfter a week of intensive meetings punctuated by joyful celebrations, we are preparing for a second week of prayerful discernment and decision. Major change circulated with the air – beginning with  Sr. Tiziana’s address on Monday (August 26th)...

  • capcom mOur Sisters, Associates, Auditors, guests (the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis) and  interpreters gathered at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, Maryland  from as  far away as the Philippines...

  • arlene mSister Arlene McGowan was anxious to return home after a nine-day stay in Mercy Mount Airy Hospital in Cincinnati following back surgery to relieve the pressure on nerves that were causing excruciating pain...

  • fsr mThe Associates decided to present flowers to the members of Magnificat Community. They prepared beautiful bouquets of real flowers, along with some ‘homemade’ ones which contained spiritual bouquets from our Associates. On Tuesday...

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    I think I am Franciscan by nature. When I was in my teens, I would sing the love songs I heard on the radio, only I sang them to God. As the fifth of six children – 3 boys and 3 girls -- reared in a very Catholic household, I met and dated a number of...

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    With the grace of God, religious life is a wonderful life. And if I had life to live over again, I would do it again, of course!  I came from a small town in Newfoundland – only 45 families lived there – the third of six children: three boys, three girls.

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