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  • Experience at the World Day of Prayer for the Vocations

    gma 00Throughout the year 2015, the Church is giving thanks for the gift of the consecrated life in all its forms, and the World Day of Prayer for the Vocations refreshed the fire of prayer in the hearts of the faithful. Our diocese celebrated this day...

  • Inauguration of the new Congregational House in Rome

    in 00On Saturday May 16, 2015, during the Leadership Team meeting, we inaugurated the new Congregational House in Rome. It was an important celebration of this new chapter in the life of our Congregation, founded 170 years ago in Aachen...

  • The joys of living in sisterhood

    ab 00On  January 13-15,  the Sisters of the Brazilian Area gathered at Casa São José in Goiania for our Assembly. Our meeting began with a prayer prepared and conducted by Sister Maria Helena. She also introduced the group to a technique...

  • Shelter of Hope

    sh 00“Shelter of hope” is a Ministry that we launched five years ago in the Philippines: it is a service of welcoming focused on helping young people who are living on the streets of Dumaguete City. In addition to offering meals...

  • World Day for Consecrated Life in Senegal

    e s 00All religious women and men from all the Dioceses in our country met in the region of Kaolack from January 20th  to February 1sr 2015 to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life. These three days were filled with rich moments of reunion and...

  • Students Learn about Consecrated Life

    sv 00What should a young person consider when choosing a vocation to the single life, married life, or consecrated religious life?  Bishop Fenwick Students Learn about Consecrated Life From Franciscan Sisters of the Poor...

  • Mission Alive!

    ma 00“Live the Mission. Let it come alive in and through us.” Those words from Sr. Marilyn Trowbridge, Congregational Councilor of the US Area, summed up the presentation of “Mission Alive!”—the unveiling of the Area’s and sponsored ministries’...

  • Leave the door open to Hope

    l 00‘L’ is a young woman from the Congo who came to Italy hoping that she could create a life with dignity. Her newly wed husband, a young doctor, stayed behind in their country. ‘L’ has lodged at the parish rectory in the outskirts...

  • The Senegal Area Assembly

    aas 00During the week of January 23rd to the 25th, we held our Area Assembly. These annual meetings are eagerly awaited because they enable us to live the communion. To hear from another Sister who ministers on the other side of the country and...

  • Sister Maria Klosterman, SFP

    m klOn Tuesday, March 9, 2015, at 2:00 pm, our Creator God welcomed Sr. Maria with a warm embrace. She served faithfully as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor for fifty-seven years, nursing the sick and helping to pioneer...

  • Welcome to the Philippines

    bf 00Here I am, in the Philippines, writing to you about my thoughts and experiences as a missionary.  After recovering from the the long trip,  I was amazed as I began to enter into a completely new reality. Everything around me felt fantastical...

  • Together in Service, in Prayer and in Discernment

    fp 00As is the custom each year, the Italian Area, divided into two zones – Assissi and Vermicino -- met for a weekend of Permanent Formation. What resulted were days filled with the joy of meeting together...

  • Sewing our Quilt Together

    ci 00Recently, our Sisters, our Associate and our lay missionaries working together as a team, held a very successful three-day SFP Vocational Mission in Brazil. They also mingled with the young, visited the sick and prayed with the elderly...

  • All Are Welcome

    aw 00As part of the continuing celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) encouraged religious congregations to sponsor
an open house to share on their life and call.

  • Ritual in Messina and Padua

    rmp 00We plan, in the coming years, to implement our Chapter Direction: to live as Resurrected. As we exchanged the blessings, hopes and prayers, each of us experienced the healing energy of our Charism working within our group...

  • Sister Frances Helen Delaney, SFP

    sr.Helene Francis DelaneyFollowing a yearlong illness, Sr. Frances Helen Delaney gave her life over to God on November 22, 2014. Sister lived for a few years in the Allendale Community for Senior Living in Allendale, New Jersey, where she...

  • Ritual in Rome and Vermicino

    rmv 00The atmosphere of profound meditation allowed us to feel the sacredness of this historical moment for the Congregation, so we closed the retreat by dedicating some time to a prayer of transition, which helped us understand more deeply...

  • Returning to God the gift of life

    t00"I felt a burning desire to love our Lord and serve him..." -  Blessed Frances Schervier - The years between 2002 and 2014 gave me time to think about making my definitive "yes" to God's call as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. The journey to my...

  • Ritual in Assisi and Pistoia

    r apv 00We shared our feelings and prayers regarding this transition and, by doing so, felt in communion with every other daughter and son of Mother Frances. We asked for new vocations so as to disseminate the Charism even more in Italy and beyond...

  • Year-Old Thrift Shop Offers Hope, Dignity

    ped 00First birthdays are milestones, signs that something new has flourished and lasted. First birthdays fill us with hope for the future. As Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor celebrated on December 13, 2014, the first birthday...

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