We are Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, an international, multicultural religious congregation founded in Aachen, Germany in 1845 by Blessed Frances Schervier. Although the Sisters have worked closely with the laity from the beginning of the Congregation, the Sisters formalized this relationship by adding structure and inviting Associates to participate more closely in the Sisters' work and prayer life. Associates are men and women, married and single, who have chosen to live out their Baptismal commitment in their chosen vocations through the healing charism of Mother Frances.
Who We Are
The Associate/Sister Relationship was established in 1980 so that lay men and women could partner with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor to carry our healing charism, in the spirit of Blessed Frances Schervier, into the world.
Associates continuing the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor are women and men, young and old, married, single, widowed, divorced, ordained, who share in the life and mission of the Congregation. Associates strive to express the mission and charism in their role, position or ministry. Each Associate finds the best way that she/he can share this charism with others. This could be in their work: health care, non-profit organization, service in their parish, caring for family members, volunteering at one of the Franciscan Ministries or Associate Ministries, educational or business setting or a life of prayer to support the Congregations'/Associates efforts through partnering with the Sisters to bring care to the poor and the needy with compassion and love: each according to his or her gifts.
Whichever way they choose to serve, being an Associate is more about "being" rather than Associates continuing the Mission by serving in cities and rural areas from New York to Florida, from Ohio to Illinois, to Michigan and Texas. Our Associates serve in a variety of ways in our churches, schools, homes, praying, listening and carrying for those who are poor -- our Associates are committed to carrying out the healing charism of the Congregation.
Where We Are
We are an international congregation and we have Associates is Brazil, Italy, Senegal and the United States.