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The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor are women religious called to bring compassion, hope and healing to the community of life. We are from many countries and cultures yet we are one – in communion with each other and the Church and are especially united through our deep spirit of communal prayer.
• We are an active/contemplative, religious community of women founded in 1845 by Blessed Frances Schervier, who was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. She saw Christ in the poor and healed his wounds by caring for poor, suffering humanity. We are called to this same healing ministry today.
• Inspired by the Gospel values of St. Francis of Assisi and the boundless love for the poor shown through the witness of Blessed Frances Schervier, the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor house the homeless, care for children and families, feed the hungry, minister to the sick, offer compassion and hope to the hopeless and care for the community of life. Today the Sisters pray and work in the United States, Brazil, Italy, Senegal and the Philippines.
• The Sisters also have a large group of committed friends who are called Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Associates -- they are women and men, married and single, who choose to share in the life and mission of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. They do this in many countries and in a variety of ways. Learn more about the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Associates . . .
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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