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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

 

altWe gathered for the annual Area Assembly in Vermicino on April 5-7, 2013. This year the Assembly symbol was a tree, which, as we discovered, shares some elements with the human person. A tree has roots that -- like our feet...

2previewThe Assembly opened on Thursday with evening prayer led by Sr. Jo Ann Jackowski. The ceremony, which included the Easter fire, was planned to start outside with the Sisters and Associates processing inside to the chapel.

3preview I find the chosen theme to be wonderful and the phrase that expresses it to be incredibly incisive and profound. I believe that at the personal, community and cosmic level...

2preview As long as we keep ourselves open to the Holy Spirit’s work within us, the Spirit will certainly be manifest in our Congregation.  Once more we are face to face with a new Chapter theme: “Set Free the Healing Energy of Christ!"

introvdc1 Though immersed in crises both locally and globally, as Franciscan Sisters of the Poor we respond with radical hope by renewing our ministries in Brazil. This is why we decided...

introsc1 I first saw the eyes of Frances Schervier one evening in September 1987, as I entered the Youth Center of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Vermicino, in the region of Castelli Romani...

14 preview Last year I asked to have some time to help me become more prepared for the move I was about to make from Casetta Nova Community in Rome to Casa Nazareth in Padua.