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  • 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”...

  • “If You Didn’t Care about Us, Who Would?”

    tp 00In solidarity with the Blue Heart Campaign that is committed to stopping human trafficking, the US Area in February is promoting awareness of Tamar’s Place, a sponsored ministry that provides hospitality for women...

  • Legacy Days 2015

    L Days 00Our very first Legacy Days for the US Area employees were held the first week of October 2015 with the theme: “Legacy Days: 170 Years Celebrating Our Mission.” Part of the Legacy Days activities included distribution to employees...

  • Like the Spring being reborn

    clp 0I like to think of our Congregation as a garden made of a wide variety of flowers, each with a different fragrance. Even the scents of the ones who have withered away are still steeped in the memory of many people…

  • Twenty years of Love

    aab 00Joy, enthusiasm, personal commitment and perseverance are signs that lay people have embraced charism of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregation.  Twenty years ago, we willingly and enthusiastically accepted the call to heal...

  • "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.

  • “Any Dream Will Do”

    osa 03There are two important questions one would ask when practicing holistic health. The first is  “What is wrong?” is “What wants to happen?” Perhaps we can apply these same questions to religious life today as a Congregation...

  • Sister Therese Martin Hessler, SFP

    sr th H 0When a young woman enters the convent doors with the persistent desire to give her life over to God, she does so with faith and trust that it is a mutual love between herself and her God. At an early age, Sr. Therese Martin began to pursue...

  • Praise to the God of Life

    avsl 00After an eleven year journey with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, the day of my Perpetual Vows finally arrived: a day of thanksgiving in which I fully surrendered to God’s Will. God came to greet me with the rising sun. I woke to the joyful...

  • Lantern of Hope

    lan 00Manong Elmer is one of the inmates at the Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Dumaguete City, Philippines.  He had been residing at the detention facility for twenty three months now, while his case is still...

  • “Here I Am, Lord”

    k 00Two years ago I started praying every morning: “Here I am, Lord.” I knew there was a need in the Philippines to continue the ministry there for the abandoned children and the families living on the street who come to the Sisters for food daily...

  • Seeds that will grow and bear fruit

    semi 00We live in a world that challenges us as Christians, compelling each of us to reach out to others and share our own experience of encountering Jesus, remembering that Jesus often “loved those who are not loved” by others. It is our pleasure to share...

  • Sister Ellen Durso, SFP

    ellen dOur Lord called Sister Ellen at age twenty-one to bring healing to others and to serve the poor. Sister Ellen heeded that call and for most of her seventy years with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor she cared for patients as a nurse...

  • Sister Mary David Mulroy, SFP

    md mulroyAngels gathered around the bedside of Sister Mary David Mulroy shortly after midnight on Thursday, September 24, 2015, and prepared to return her spirit to the One who created her as promised sixty-nine years ago at her...

  • Sister Rita Marie Donnelly, SFP

    rmd aAlways friendly and outgoing, Sister Rita Marie Donnelly lived with a song on her lips. Known for her impromptu serenades and dance, Sister Rita Marie brought Franciscan—and Irish—joy wherever she went. In her final hours...

  • Responding to God’s Love, a Franciscan Moral Vision

    ffc 00Nearly 245 Franciscan Sisters, Brothers, and Associates explored various aspects of Franciscan moral and political thinking at the 2015 annual conference of the Franciscan Federation of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi in the USA...

  • 50 years in service to my brothers and sisters

    ihpg 00"Rejoice in the Lord!"  In this year dedicated to Consecrated life, I wish to express my joy and gratitude to God in unity with the Church, while celebrating my 50 Years of Consecration to the Lord, in service to my brothers and sisters...

  • Associates Renew Covenants, Welcome New Associates

    rpas 00A spirit of renewal and welcome infused the annual Associates Covenant Ceremony, held August 23 at St. Clare Chapel in St. Clare Convent in Cincinnati. The gathering of Associates and Sisters marked the renewal of Covenants...

  • Ponder ~ Consider ~ Savor

    june 00In the space of eight days I received three words for my journey this year. At Pinecroft New Year eve liturgy Fr. Pat reflected on Mary and her posture of ‘pondering’. He suggested that few people would ever choose ‘ponder’...

  • Vocational Camp in Samine

    cvs 00As part of the activities organized for our vocational ministry for years, we organized a camp in our Kaïro Community of Samine, in Casamance. The camp is designed to both deepen Christian life and to help young women discern...

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