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Preach the Gospel, using words only when necessary. ~St. Francis of Assisi

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Over 160 years ago, a small group of secular Franciscans left Bavaria, Germany, to minister to immigrants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Today the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, who grew from this little band, minister from coast to coast and in Taiwan.

Who are we called to be today? How would we re-articulate our charism, that special gift that we, as vowed women religious, are to the Church and world?

    "We are gospel women who, strengthened by community and trusting in the providence of God, strive to meet the unmet needs of today, as we walk in the footprints of Saints Clare and Francis in mutually sustaining ways with all of creation."

Our Franciscan response to the needs of today is rooted in our willingness to transform ourselves and our congregation to contribute an alternative reality for the future. We strive to live out of a stance of peace instead of violence; littleness instead of greatness; love instead of indifference; joy instead of sadness; other centeredness instead of selfishness. We desire to pray, celebrate, laugh and minister together with a common heart and common mind.

We invite women of faith, generosity and courage to join us as we move into the future together.

If you have comments or questions for us, please share those with us in our Guestbook.


Scouts Assist with Urban Forest
Boy Scout Troop 390 from Whitefish Bay helped the sisters spread mulch in the urban forest being created on the Motherhouse grounds.
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Sister's Reflections

Reflection - by Sr. Adele Thibaudeau Vocation Director - an excerpt from a recent mission effectiveness video clip.
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