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PRAYER TO FURTHER THE CAUSE OF THE SERVANT OF GOD, FATHER GREGORY FIORAVANTI, O.F.M.
"Lord, may your light shine and glorify Your humble servant Father Gregory. Your will was his bread, Your cross was his strenth, Your sweet mother his guide. Let me be like him a witness of the Gospel and grant me through his intercession the grace of... I mplore this from Your mercy."
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (say 3 times)
Anyone who receives graces through the intercession of Fr. Gregory, is asked to make it known to the
Via Grottarosa, 301
00189, Rome, Italy
With approval + Alfred Battisti, Archbishop, Udine, February 2, 1990
Our Early History in the United States
The international Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart was founded in 1861 on the border of the Austrian Alps by French noblewoman, Laura Leroux, Duchess of Beauffremont, and a humble Franciscan Friar, Father Gregory Fioravanti of Rome. Our Order quickly developed a reputation for fine teaching.
Four years later and an ocean away, in 1865, the Minister General of the Franciscan Fathers in America asked for teachers to instruct the children of European immigrants flooding New York City. The call was cheerfully answered by three Franciscan Missionary sister: one from Switzerland, one from Rome and one from Austria.
The American cradle house of our Order was established December 5, 1865 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish on West 31st Street, where the sisters inaugurated one of the city's first parochial schools. Four years later, in 1869, the Order's new American provincial established the first novitiate at provincial headquarters at Mount St. Francis in Peekskill, N.Y., where it remains to this day.
Our pioneer Franciscan Missionary Sisters expanded their mission of service and education to the newest Americans, and later, to the needy.
In New York they established fifteen elementary schools and two high schools, one college, two Child Care institutions and three business schools which supplied skilled commercial and administrative people for the city that was fast becoming the world's business and financial center.
In New Jersey, they established eleven elementary schools and two high schools, and in Philidelphia, six elementary schools, two high schools and a business school.
Our American Community was one of the first to bring counsel and care to inmates in the city prisons, beginning with the Tombs prison in the late 1880's. In the years since then, the labors of the "Gray Franciscans of Peekskill" as we were often known, have continued to be blessed through ministries of education, nursing, administration, prison work, pastoral and community service.
Our newest and greatest blessing is the acceptance of Fr. Gregory Fiorvanti, co-founder, as a candidate for the process of beatification which hopefully will lead to his eventual canonization as a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church.