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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

 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...