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  • rose carmel 00Despite declining health and the loss of hearing in her later years, Sr. Rose Carmel Berberich was an excellent communicator of what mattered in life. With a twinkle in her eye and a smile upon her lips, she managed to...

  • sbf 00The words of our founder, Mother Frances: “I recognized so clearly the Lord in the poor and suffering people, that it was as if I had seen him through the body’s eyes”, have always guided my ministry...

  • ld 00Each year Legacy Days are celebrated in the US Area in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis. It is wonderful opportunity to share with the SFP and Franciscan Ministries staff the history, traditions and movement of the Congregation...

  • terez 0Terezinha Ramos Borges was born on March 27, 1934, in Jataí, Goiás, Brazil. Daughter of a Catholic family, she received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation as a child. At the age of 9 she received her first Eucharist...

  • kr 0Sr. Kathleen Reynolds celebrates 60Years of faithful response to the call to being a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. Born and raised in New York City she entered the Congregation out of Annunciation Parish. To this day, Kathleen...

  • teresita 1Teresita was born in the Philippines and was the daughter of the late Pedro and Encarnacion (Sake). She was 80 years old. Before retiring, Teresita worked as a Bookkeeper at Mt. Alverno Center in Warwick. Her many friends...

  • air 00"Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what the will of God is, what good and pleasing and perfect". (Rm 12: 2) As a Franciscan Sister of the Poor, I affirm that since...

  • st f 00The season of Fall, a season of surrender, reminds us to be receptive to every transformation. Transformation continually invites us towards the future. The Calls of our last General Chapter invited us, as a Congregation, to embrace...

  • m virginiaAfter a lifetime of faithfully responding to her desire “to love God and serve as God wills” (words written when she was 23 years old), Sister Mary Virginia slipped into God’s loving embrace in the morning hours of November...

  • Rel 00At APAI, the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Daycare and Formation Center in Pires do Rio, we celebrate Fathers' Day every year by bringing the children and their parents together. Each year the institution tries to do this...

  • cbc 01Blessing and Dedication of Catholic Charities’ Newly Refurbished Sr. Claudia Burke Center for Hope. In the absence of Sr. Marilyn Trowbridge, Sr. Karen Hartman and I were asked to represent our Congregation at...

  • glory 00Funeral of Our Sisters Mary Virginia and Daniel Marie, November 6th, 2017. This past Wednesday morning, God invited our sisters Mary Virginia and Daniel Marie home forever. Their passing, like their lives was quiet and yet quite full...

  • Meade mAlways attentive to the voice of God and the call to move whenever God called, Sr. Daniel Marie let go of her life in Cincinnati to be embraced by the God she loved for a new Life in Eternity, on the morning of Tuesday, November 1...

  • tsf 00As evening drew near, the Sisters and Associates gathered in the Assisi Room of the Peace Center at St. Clare Campus to commemorate the Transitus of St. Francis. We began with a short period of quiet prayer, so that we...

  • lbr 00It was in 1983 that I was invited by our dear Sister Cristina Martins to volunteer at Jataí Day Care Center and Kindergarden for poor children. At that time, our family was going through a very difficult and painful time, as we were...

  • ab 00On July 31st and August 1st, the employees of Apai - various programs for needy childern and adolescents in Pires do Rio, Brazil - gathered for a meeting. They planned activites for the next two-month period and the discussed...

  • jj 00For 50 years, Sr. Judy Nagy has served the people of
  God as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Sr. Judy entered the
  Congregation from her home parish of Blessed
  Sacrament. From her early youth, she had a sense of...

  • 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 or maintained our healing presence...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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