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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ben mOn May 3rd, 2015, during the Area Assembly, we took a moment to celebrate our sisters’ jubilees. We thanked God for His faith and His infinite love…And for this occasion, we asked our sisters to share something...

  • angi 00Sr. Angiolina celebrated her diamond jubilee on the 31st of May 2015 in Mbao, Senegal at the Santa Maria Maddalena Parish. The day was marked by a solemn Mass, during which Sr. Angiolina, grateful to God for her faith, celebrated...

  • ht 00The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in the US Area have kicked off “Franciscan Feet on the Streets,” a new live, weekly radio show featuring stories of the Sisters and their ministries. The radio program debuted August 4...

  • ma ferri 00Lovingly known as “Sr. Margie,” Sr. Margaret Agnes Ferri lived a long, fruitful life according to the Gospel. Her quiet, generous, and peaceful personality characterized her sixty-three years of ministry throughout her life...

  • nov 00On May 30 in Vermicino, two young women said “yes” to God: Carmen and Roberta. Roberta entered the Novitiate and Carmen the Pre-Novitiate. Their faith and trust in God helps our religious Family continue to spread the culture of...

  • ccw 00At the May 21-24, 2015 theological conference titled “Vatican II, Remembering the Future: Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Perspectives on the Council’s Impact and Promise,” 270 participants form every continent gathered in Washington DC to...

  • ap 00The bells ring out the festivities as we arrive at the Aachen Convent, reflecting the joy of the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis who welcome us as we joined them to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the founding of our Congregations!

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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’...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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