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  • “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...

  • Inspired by the Example of Sisters

    bushelman mThis year Clara Bushelman has celebrated 15 years of her First Covenant as an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. For many years, says Clara, she was associated with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor through her life...

  • Attracted by Evident Joy and Pervasive Wisdom

    brownlee mThe joy evident among Sisters and Associates attracted Mary Ann Brownlee to become an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor 25 years ago. “I admired the intellectual planning and implementation of your discernment...

  • Walking

    Camminando mThe hymn that closed the Jubilee Mass of the US Area’s 2015 Assembly reminded Sisters and Associates to be the light of the world to others and to “Go Make a Difference.” This year Karen Skillman has celebrated 30 years of her First Covenant...

  • Surrender Your Comfort Zone, Engage with Others

    a usa 00Like the disciples who were asked repeatedly to step out of their comfort zones as they encountered the Risen Christ, US Area Sisters and Associates were challenged during their 2015 Assembly to surrender their comfort zones and engage in ministry...

  • Breathing in the Spirit: Embracing Our Giftedness

    nacar 00A retreat gives people time to look inward and reflect on one’s life journey and to discern some next steps. Attending the 2015 North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) retreat May 26‒29, 2015, provided opportunity...

  • Jubilee of Sister Maria Atorino

    gi ma 00I have felt blessed by God for calling me to follow Jesus in the family of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. I am grateful that I have been called to follow in the footsteps of Mother Frances to care for the poor and the suffering...

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