Our Franciscan spiritual tradition offers a way for us to be faithful to the way of life we have chosen. It offers us the opportunity to live in response to this invitation from God to follow in the footprints of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel and in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.
We share our prayer and spirituality in many ways. We do this when we remember your intentions in our prayers, when we welcome you to one of our retreats at our spiritual centers, or by providing you with a simple prayer or reflection to use in your own home. Won’t you join us in prayer?
You can request a prayer for a friend, family member, coworker, etc.! Click here!
The sisters in our retirement community love to visit with former students, members, family, and friend. To check hours of operation or to schedule a visit click: Assisi House.
Several sisters have shared stories from their past–stories about where they grew up and what their ministry life as a Sister of St. Francis was like. You can watch and listen by clicking here.
In Rome on October 9 and 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened the Synod on Synodality, a two-year process of listening and dialogue. Through this synodal process, Pope Francis is inviting the entire Church to deep reflection: “By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it to live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission.” Pope Francis’ words on Synod 2021-2023 and a detailed guide to the synodal process can be found at www.synod.va.
For this process, Pope Francis invites the Church’s laity, religious, and clergy all to listen, pray, and converse together about the Church through synodality—meaning collaborative discernment—in preparation for the bishops’ synod in 2023. A U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.usccb.org) document explains that “the decision to ‘journey together’ is a prophetic sign for the human family, which needs a shared project capable of pursuing the good of all.”
Each diocese will complete their input by August 2022. The Sisters of St. Francis will be participating in this important process of coming together as a church and people. Stay tuned to learn more in upcoming publications.
“I have done what was mine to do. May Christ teach you what is yours to do.”
St. Francis of Assisi
On December 8, 2021, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia formally committed to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform in support of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. Laudato Si’ presents a vision of integral ecology and calls on every human being to love, respect, and nurture the Earth as Sister and Mother, as our shared inheritance and home.
In May 2021, Pope Francis announced the Laudato Si’ Action Platform as an urgent initiative challenging the entire Catholic Church and world community to prepare a better tomorrow for future generations. The platform is a seven-year journey bringing together seven sectors— families, dioceses and parishes, educational institutions, health-care institutions, organizations and groups, the economic sector, and religious congregations. These sectors—all of us—are called to respond to the seven Laudato Si’ Action Platform goals: response to the cry of the Earth, response to the cry of the poor, ecological economics, adoption of sustainable lifestyles, ecological education, ecological spirituality, and community resilience and empowerment.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia stand strongly in support of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ vision. In their 2017 Corporate Stand on Care for Creation, the sisters commit to ecological education for themselves and others leading to concrete individual and communal actions. Under the ongoing leadership of their Care for Creation Committee, the congregation has continued to respond to Laudato Si’ through education and action. Congregational leadership enthusiastically agreed with the committee’s recommendation that the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia formally join the Laudato Si’ Action Platform: “As Franciscans, how can we not?”
The Care for Creation Committee is now coordinating development of the congregation’s Laudato Si’ Action Plan. This plan will include engaging individuals at both the congregational and the local level to do their part in caring for the Earth and its people by embracing an eco-sustainable lifestyle and society. The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and their Companions in Mission, sponsored and cosponsored ministries, and coworkers and extended community will all play a part in moving toward deeper ecological transformation in care for our common home.