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vitacomunita2For St. Francis, Community since the beginning was understood as a gift. St. Francis says in his Testament: “The Lord gave me some friars as gifts” and wants the friars to be called “minor” from the beginning.
The Community never considered itself as a privileged group or as being better than others. Within the Community there is room for everyone, whether poor, rich, educated or illiterate...
In the Community, each one is equal and cares about everyone else. The care is directed in a special way toward the poor – lepers, sick, thieves.  Creation participates in this communion, and Francis calls all into this relationship as brothers and sisters: the birds, the wolf, the moon, the sun, worms, rocks and even death. We can say that Francis was the first one to sing and praise the Community of Life.

Community is a gift

So, how can we live this out NOW? How and where can we bring about places for COMMUNION AND CARE? We need to take up this great challenge in order to build our future:

Generate compassion and hope in the Community of life

 

cris sab 00When I started planning my Sabbatical year, I realized that I truly wanted to spend part of it with the Franciscan Sisters in USA. I am grateful to Leadership for making my wish come true. I am also grateful to Jesus and Mother Frances...

aai 17 00The Italian Area Assembly, took place from March 30 to April 2, 2017. At this meeting, we deepened together  the third Capitular Calling: “We will embrace change at all stages of life, and see them as opportunities for spiritual healing...

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...

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...

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...

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 could focus our hearts and...

us a 17 00Excitement…Anticipation…Readiness was in the room as the Sisters and Associates  gathered for the annual Area Assembly in Warwick  and Cincinnati. Sr. Licia Mazzia and Sr. Paola Zaccaria were special guests for both Assemblies...