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giubilei“Shine like lights on the world,
as you hold on to the Word of Life..."

(St. Paul to the Philippians)

 

A Jubilee encourages the one celebrating the anniversary to reflectively ponder all the chosen roadways of life, including detours as well as the adventures. We all know that it can only be God’s Light that keeps one on the roadway moving ever forward.

 

For those of us privileged to witness and enter into the Jubilee of another, we have the advantage of seeing the lights of a person’s life . . . the kindness, the goodness, the generosity, and the image of God that comes through a life of love.

gfs 00Sr. Grace Frances Strauber celebrates 70-years as a 
follower of our foundress Frances Schervier as a 
  Franciscan Sister of the Poor. Born and raised in New York, Sr. Grace Frances entered the Congregation in 1947 and made ...

rpa 00On Saturday, December 18, we celebrated Mother Frances’ feast in Padua with our friends and relatives, and with the communities of Casa Nazareth and Porta San Giacomo. It was a special occasion for Associates both because...

asfp sen 00Our Jubilee started with a Prayer Vigil led by a Franciscan friar who spoke to us about Saint Francis, as man of God, brother of men, and friend of the poor. The following morning we had a beautiful celebration with Father Vincent, our...

laudato mI praise and thank the Lord for all the gifts he has given me in my daily life. Today, in particular, I would like to praise and thank him for the 35th Anniversary of the Congregational Program of the Associates and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor...

thedivin mOn the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Sfp Associates, some of them wanted to share the fruit of this transforming journey. They represent 155 years of faithfulness and dedication to the mission and charism of the Franciscan Sisters...

aab 00Joy, enthusiasm, personal commitment and perseverance are signs that lay people have embraced charism of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregation.  Twenty years ago, we willingly and enthusiastically accepted the call to heal...

ihpg 00"Rejoice in the Lord!"  In this year dedicated to Consecrated life, I wish to express my joy and gratitude to God in unity with the Church, while celebrating my 50 Years of Consecration to the Lord, in service to my brothers and sisters...

bushelman mThis year Clara Bushelman has celebrated 15 years of her First Covenant as an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. For many years, says Clara, she was associated with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor through her life...

brownlee mThe joy evident among Sisters and Associates attracted Mary Ann Brownlee to become an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor 25 years ago. “I admired the intellectual planning and implementation of your discernment...

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...

gi ma 00To mark the occasion of her 50 years of Consecration to God, we asked Sr. Maria to share some of her life experiences with us.

With her, we give thanks to God for the gift of fidelity.

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...

rp 00This past May 22nd, we renewed our Covenants as Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. During our preparatory meeting with the sisters in the Saint Clare Community, we shared our proposals, our experiences with Mother Frances...

celebrating mOn Sunday, August 24th about 80 people gathered in St. Clare Convent Chapel to celebrate our Annual Covenant Ceremony. The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor welcomed with great joy Joan Hock, Pam Rouster, Nancy Smith...

guibass mI practice daily prayer and reflection based on the teachings of Francis and Clare and with materials received from the Congregation. I will continue to teach my high school students about Francis, Clare and the Congregation.

sr.giannagiovannangeliFive years ago, when I presented in Chapter, I told the Sisters that I love life and that there is a circle of life which I follow wherever it goes. Even after 25 years as a member of our religious family, I feel myself evolving and changing.

casadei mDuring this year – which for me is a jubilee year – I find myself looking at a statement made by Pope Ratzinger when he was still a Cardinal: “…for the Church the time has come for less organization and more Holy Spirit.”

art.1 mThis year in the U.S. Area we celebrated 4 platinum jubilees (70 years), 3 diamond jubilees (60 years) and one golden jubilee (50 years). Over their collective 510 years of service, they have given much, seen much and, particularly...

checosa mDuring the U.S. Area Assembly in April there was a celebration of the 510 years of fidelity of these Sisters and God's fidelity to them. However, at that time it was really only the Sisters who were present. It seemed to me that it was fitting...