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  • Blessed In Gratitude

    mg 00On August 22, 2017, the feast of the Queenship of Mary about 50 Sisters, staff, friends and gardeners gathered for the dedication of the Marian Garden on St. Clare Campus for those Sisters who pioneered...

  • TransFormAction

    abr 00The theme of the 2017 Brazilian Area Assembly was TransFormAção, meant to be an invitation for us to leave our comfort zones in order to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters, in yet another annual celebration and formation...

  • Wishing to grow together

    Il desiderio mI first met the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1991.  I offered to help Sr. Giuliana by spending some hours volunteering for a Caritas project on behalf of Roma people. As it turned out, I ended up volunteering for almost ten years...

  • Jubilee Sr. Grace Frances Strauber

    gfs 00Sr. Grace Frances Strauber celebrates 70-years as a 
follower of our foundress Frances Schervier as a 
  Franciscan Sister of the Poor. Born and raised in New York, Sr. Grace Frances entered the Congregation in 1947 and made...

  • Marian Pilgrimage

    Pop mFor the 129th time, the Church’s family of God in Senegal, made a Pilgrimage of Faith and Penitence on the hills of Our Lady of the Deliverance in Poponguine. The occasion was in remembrance of the 25th anniversary of the visit of St. Pope... 

  • On the trail of Mother Frances’ Charism

    mfm 00In recent years, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have been reflecting on ways to involve more lay people in the journey of the Congregation. For this reason, we prepared a ‘Charism formation journey’ to promote knowledge of Blessed...

  • Searching for God’s project

    vw fil 00From 12 to 14 May in Dumaguete, Philippines, six young girls from different parts of the Negros Oriental Island visited us for a ‘vocation weekend’. Their arrival at our community brought great joy. Together we spent simple moments...

  • No one should have no one

    00elEach day in our communities and neighborhoods, there are people who are lonely and forgotten. It is not uncommon for a senior to be in a nursing facility or group home and have no one to oversee see their care. About ten years ago I read...

  • 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...

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