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Our Mission Statement


As members of an international congregation of consecrated religious of Pontifical rank, our primary mission is the evangelization of God's people.

With faith in the presence of God and trust in Divine Providence, we embrace our unique charism entrusted to us by the founders of our Franciscan family: Laura Leroux, Duchess of Bauffremont, Father Gregory Fioravanti, OFM, and our pioneer Sisters Gertrude, Constance, and Pellegrina.

As vowed women, we live the gospel in the spirit of Francis of Assisi, drawing our inspiration from the compassionate, redemptive love of Jesus for humanity. We share a community life of prayer, presence, and apostolic activity.

In collaboration with the Church, we respond to the Lord's call to proclaim the Gospel, especially through our mission of education, pastoral ministry, and charitable assistance to the most needy and abandoned.

"Led by the Lord, let them begin a life of penance, conscious that all of us must be continuously and totally converted to the Lord. As a sign of their conversion and consecration to Gospel life, they are to clothe themselves plainly and to live in simplicity." (Cf. Reg. NB2, 14)

We consider Evangelization as our priority, as accomplished through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, addressing the present needs of the people of God as we discover them. All of our ministries center around the needs of the church and our ability to respond to them, always obedient to God's will, with a spirit of self sacrifice and total availability.

Preference in ministry is always given to the working with the poor, the marginalized, and the less fortunate people of God


Those sisters retired from full-time active ministry are encouraged to use their gifts and talents in whatever way is possible, respecting the limitations that come with onset of aging and illness. The entire community relies upon our sisters living with the restrictions of prolonged infirmity, as our prayful intercessors.

It is their prayers and sacrifices that help to strengthen all the members of the congregation as they work to build up the kingdom of God. This service given to the community by those nearing the end of their earthly journey is an immeasurable contribution to our religious life.


Because Christians are called to share in the universal call to holiness and to the church's mission of evangelization, we are encouraged to share our ministries by working collaboratively with dedicated laity. In the spirit of Fransciscan minority, and in our quest to live a Gospel life, we welcome these opportunities as means of personal growth, evangelization, and encounter with the Lord in all his people. As peacemakers, we share our lives with all people as we contribute to the dignity of the human person and the nuturing of Gospel values according to our FMSC charism.

In keeping with our Franciscan calling to "manifest to all creatures the Redemptive Love of Jesus Christ crucified", we make our presence visible wherever we are.


COMMUNITY

Living in community as sisters of our one Father, we continue daily to make a conscious effort to affirm each Sister, express our gratitude for her unique contributions and gifts which strengthen our congregation and enable us to see the Face of Christ through her. We walk with each other on our journey and enable each other to recognize the Risen Jesus who accompanies us along the way.



LAY ASSOCIATES

Our province invites Catholic men and women interested in developing their spiritual lives according to the vision and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, in the charism of our congregation, to be associated with us as non-vowed members:

FMSC Lay Associates.

These members assist us in our ministerial needs, and accompany us on our Spiritual Days.






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