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  • ec 00I have been in Africa for about a month in a small Senegalese town of Koungheul for an internship experience. I have been offering my service in Missira and Koumbidia’s “San Froçois” medical dispensary during my...

  • at 00In recent years the beautiful Italian coasts have become sadly famous for the arrival of many migrants. Many of them, men, women and children survived the long journey, many others have tragically ended their dreams...

  • lucio spinola 00Lucio Spinola became an SFP Associate on May 11, 1997, when he celebrated his Covenant as Associate, inspired in part by the example and involvement of his wife Anna Apicella, who became an Associate in 1995. He and Anna...

  • lgdi 00The Associates, together with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor of the Geographical Area of Brazil, organized a festive gathering in Jataí, Goiás, on October 8, 2016, to celebrate the 35 years of the Associate program and rekindle...

  • imsd 00On Saturday September 3, 2016, three Novices, Pélagie Ilboudo, Geneviève Ndecky and Jacqueline Flavienne Sané, celebrated their First Profession in the chapel of St. Mary Magdalene in Mbao, Senegal, in the presence of our...

  • gi us 00Over the course of 2016 some of our US Area’s sisters celebrated their Jubilee. Let us thank God for their lives and for the way they generously gave themselves to the brothers and sisters in many different ways: may the Lord grant...

  • pnva 00May your presence fill us and others with the thirst for unity, wholeness, and the desire to see all people valued as created in your image and likeness.  May we, and others, receive your Shalom that we be instruments of your love...

  • pr vd 00We pray to you, Lord, on behalf of women all across the world, young girls, teenage girls, young adult and adult women, and elderly women. You are sacred, Lord, and you work wondrous things: We pray to you so that an end...

  • us ass 00On a beautiful Fall day, Sisters and Associates gathered in the Peace Center lobby of St. Clare Convent to “Celebrate Life and Mercy” at the 2016 Assembly Day. The Chiara room door had been transformed into our “Holy Door...

  • rmf cap aachen 00We are grateful to God and to the whole SFP family for the grace of visiting the tomb of Mother Frances and meeting her daughters in Aachen for their 30th General Chapter. They welcomed us a Sisters, and they were very thoughtful...

  • ass wk 00On Saturday, September 24th, the Sisters and Associates in the Northeast held their Assembly Day in Warwick, New York. Srs. Jeanne Glisky and Jacinta Doyle coordinated the efforts of the day. The day was staged nicely with a welcoming...

  • af sfp a 00Antonio and his wife, Adele, learned about the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor through his two daughters who participated in the Youth Group led by the Sisters of the Santa Chiara Community in Messina. He became an Associate...

  • cappie ric 00We want to share with you a story about rebirth and Resurrection as told to us by a married couple at an SFP family meeting. It is a real life story that enabled them to start all over again with new hope and love. Here is their story...

  • cn 00On September 3, 2016 a small sprout popped out of the ground, grown from a seed sown in fertile ground. It was the day I began my novitiate, and it was marked by great gratitude for what God generously gave to my life. I was...

  • asfp usa r 00It was a day of celebration! Associates, Sisters, family and friends came from near and far to participate in this year’s covenant ceremony. Sr. Marilyn Trowbridge, CCA US Area, welcomed five new Associates to the Franciscan Sisters...

  • sfv 00After six years on the wonderful island of Sicily, a period of time spent at our Mission in the Philippines, I was given the gift of a period of rest and rejuvenation during the month of August. Grateful for the gift of this experience -- and grateful...

  • C 10 00The 1968 General Chapter was the Congregation’s Renewal Chapter, following the Second Vatican Council. One of the decisions made was to move the house of government from Rome to the United States on an experimental basis...

  • pfm 04The families with whom the SFP in Messina have been working met in Savoca for the last weekend event of the year. In the morning, each couple was invited to come up with a creative way to represent these three stages...

  • a bra 16 00The Brazilian Area Assembly held at the Frances Schervier Formation Center in Goiania counted with the participation of our Congregational  Minister, Sr. Licia Mazzia, our Area Councilor, Sr. Maria Helena Carvalho, all the Sisters  and our Associates...

  • aachen pilgrim 00"The central image of a poor person breaking bread,” Roberta, a novice, tells us, “is, for me, an invitation to seek Jesus in the weakest, most abandoned and marginalized people. I feel it as a daily, beautiful way to see His face in a brother...

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