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  • In the heart of Mercy

    sol 00The graces of Pope Francis’ year of Mercy continue to challenge us to the concrete love of our poor brothers and sisters. Hélène Senghor, our aspirant Associate of the Kaïro Community (Samine) and I try to live out the corporal actions...

  • Beatification of Frances Schervier

    c 12 00Mother Frances Schervier dies on December 14, 1876, in Aachen, Germany. The Congregation immediately records the details of her last illness, death, and funeral. Sisters are encouraged to record and share their memories... 

  • Transformations: healing’s opportunities

    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...

  • Joanna van Duynhoven

    aj 00Joanna became an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 2004. Prior to this, Joanna had been employed at Mt. Alverno Center, working for the sisters in the infirmary and assisting other sisters. She got to know Sr. Jolenta Kovach...

  • Living the Transformation

    fv e 00God is Providence: His Providence was evidenced to me when He asked me to go to Philippines, and also during my experiences in that country: two years ago while listening the presentation on our mission my heart skipped a beat...

  • Transformation: recognizing the Risen

    us a 17 00Excitement…Anticipation…Readiness was in the room as the Sisters and Associates  gathered for the annual Area Assembly in Warwick  and Cincinnati. Sr. Licia Mazzia and Sr. Paola Zaccaria were special guests for both Assemblies...

  • The Colors of She who knows

    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...

  • Meeting Jesus, the Resurrected One

    srj ii part 00We each live the story of the Resurrected Jesus in our lives – and the life of the congregation – as well, but again, because of our different experiences in life and in our relationship with Jesus, we would tell the story differently...

  • Beyond the prejudice

    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...

  • Embracing the difference

    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... 

  • James Schad

    js 00James “Jim” Schad became an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 2005. After 8 years as an active Associate, (at the young age of 85 in 2013!) Jim made his permanent covenant. Jim was married; the father of five children...

  • Joseph Agricola

    jo 00Joseph Agricola became an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1998 and made his permanent covenant September 2012.  Joe first met the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor while he volunteered at Mercy...

  • A Renewal Covenant

    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...

  • Arriving in Africa

    ec 00I have been in Africa for about a month in a small Senegalese town of Koungheul for an internship experience. I have been offering my service in Missira and Koumbidia’s “San Froçois” medical dispensary during my internship. Life in the...

  • Networking for prevention of Human Trafficking

    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, hopes and life in the sea...

  • Lucio Spinola

    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...

  • The joy of getting togheter

    lgdi 00The Associates, together with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor of the Geographical Area of Brazil, organized a festive gathering in Jataí, Goiás, on October 8, 2016, to celebrate the 35 years of the Associate program and rekindle...

  • My ‘yes’ to God

    imsd 00On Saturday September 3, 2016, three Novices, Pélagie Ilboudo, Geneviève Ndecky and Jacqueline Flavienne Sané, celebrated their First Profession in the chapel of St. Mary Magdalene in Mbao, Senegal, in the presence of our...

  • Sincere thanks for the life given

    gi us 00Over the course of 2016 some of our US Area’s sisters celebrated their Jubilee. Let us thank God for their lives and for the way they generously gave themselves to the brothers and sisters in many different ways: may the Lord grant...

  • Prayer Service for Gun Violence Prevention

    pnva 00May your presence fill us and others with the thirst for unity, wholeness, and the desire to see all people valued as created in your image and likeness.  May we, and others, receive your Shalom that we be instruments of your love...

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