“Everything really depends on how well you use your lifetime…” - (Bl. Frances Schervier)


nuova generazioneThe sentence holds simple words, with profound meaning. The next generation might even tell us that this sentence reflects what matters most for them: to be real, to be relevant to the world that encircles their lives, to be in relationship based on love and to be willing to offer a radical response to all of life.



In a world society where life commitments are tested and constantly questioned, fifteen young women boldly said a profound “yes” to God -- with their very lives. These women are teachers, social workers, therapists, pastoral ministers and doctors from Italy, Brazil and Senegal.



They are in Formation with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor: the next generation of the daughters of Blessed Frances Schervier. They want to be a healing presence for our fragile world and wounded creation.


Ngona: Becoming a Sister in Senegal

sIn preparing this article, we decided to talk about some experiences of our women in formation -- those just beginning to learn what it is to be a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. I think all of these young women share Sr. Sophie...

Choosing a Life of Poverty

4previewWhen I reflect on my experiences of poverty in my life, I immediately remember the past, which greatly contributed to my conviction that poverty is so much more than renouncing...

The Next Generation Speaks..

suorepreviewThe women in formation gathered in June in the United States to attend a seminar sponsored by the Congregation entitled “Sowing Seeds of Healing.” For two weeks they were...

Being a Sign of God's Mercy

1previewIt is October 6 and here I am about to take a new step in my journey as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. After years of temporary vows and formation, the moment has come for me to say “yes” forever...

Encounter: Foundation of our Life Together

5previewI learned many things during the 2011 Healing Conference. Here is a point that stays with me from Sr. Antonietta Potente’s presentation: our attitude towards those whom we commonly call “the poor”...

My Practical Experience of Poverty

8previewDuring my formation in Koungheul, I went with Sister Rose Ndong to the clinic for two weeks. One morning a young woman on a cart driven by her mother arrived. She was...

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