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Spirituality of St. Francis and St. Clare
The Sisters’ spirituality is interconnected with St. Francis of Assisi, who was singlehearted in his love for Jesus and the poor.
Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1181. The son of a successful cloth merchant, Francis cut a dashing figure and was quite an adventurer.
One day while at prayer he experienced what may be called a conversion. He was asked by Jesus: “Francis, rebuild my Church, which has fallen into ruins.”
In response to God, he became a peacemaker and healer, dedicated to helping the poor in their suffering. He was passionate in his love and caring for the poor.
Francis attracted a large group of disciples. Today these followers number in the millions. The call that Francis received from God echoes today: “Rebuild my Church!”
St. Francis of Assisi is a significant person in the history of Christian spirituality; he transformed the church and religious life.
The people of God continue to be in need of peace, healing and hope. . . and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor are inspired by the life St. Francis. They are spirit-filled women of compassion and hope, who are present to those in need.
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