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Sisters of St. Francis


of Penance and Christian Charity

Stella Niagara, New York

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Sisters of St. Francis


of Penance and Christian Charity

Stella Niagara, New York

Damen

Our Charism

Like Francis of Assisi and Magdalen Damen,
we trust God's goodness and providence,
living the Gospel in our time with gentle courtesy toward all creation.

Our Mission

We are women choosing to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as Sisters of St. Francis in the spirit of our foundress, Magdalen Damen.

Our diversity of gifts is a power we choose to use for and with others because we are sisters to all. Conscious of our personal, communal, and national experience of history, sin, and grace, we, as people of God, commit ourselves to human rights, ecological harmony, and global peace.

Wherever we live and serve, we contemplate the Word of God and call one another to conversion of heart in order to transform unjust structures and to hear the cry of the poor. Trusting in God and open to risk, we walk with courage.

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Year of Concrecrated Life


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Year of Concrecrated Life


Wake up the World! 

 

WASHINGTON—As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting “Days with Religious” initiatives and resources to help families learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women. Activities will focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service and community life with those living a consecrated life.

“Our brothers and sisters in Christ living consecrated lives make great contributions to our society through a vast number of ministries,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of USCCB. “They teach in our schools, take care of the poor and the sick and bring compassion and the love of Christ to those shunned by society; others lead lives of prayer in contemplation for the world.” Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29, 2014, and ending on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated life.

The year also marks the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the Church. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”

“The ‘Days with Religious’ activities will represent great opportunities for families and adults to look at the many ways men and women serve Christ and the Church while answering the call to live in consecrated life,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. Catholics are invited to join activities that will be promoted in collaboration with the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, (CMSWR), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM).

LCWR president-elect Marcia Allen, CSJ participated in a press conference on October 1, 2014 to announce the plans for the Days with Religious. A video recording of the event is available on the USCCB website.

 

Click here to Read the letter from Pope Francis, "Rejoice!"

 

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Who We Are


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Who We Are


Stella Niagara Franciscans

An international congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, was founded in 1835 in the Netherlands by Mother Magdalen (Catherine) Damen.

The presence of the congregation in the United States dates from 1874, when the first three missionary sisters, accompanied by general superior Mother Aloysia Lenders, arrived in Buffalo, New York.

Today, there are 10 provinces worldwide with headquarters in Rome. The common website for the 3 North American provinces of The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity can be found at franciscanway.org.


Sponsored Institutions

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Our Ministries


The areas of service where our sisters live out their mission

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Our Ministries


The areas of service where our sisters live out their mission

Presence and Prayer

Through many years of active ministry, Sisters have served God's people in various areas of need. As they advance in age, the Sisters continue to serve, whether in active ministry or in prayer ministry.

Education

Although our sisters have served as educators in dozens of schools, two have special significance as sponsored institutions: Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and Stella Niagara Education Park.

Hospitality and the Center of Renewal

The Center of Renewal provides a peaceful and beautiful environment for spiritual, educational, and physical renewal. Through hospitality and sponsored events, the Center of Renewal works to carry out the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Local and International Missions

Our Sisters are active in a variety of local ministries as well as international missions in Chiapas - Mexico, and Tanzania.

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Contact Us


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Contact Us


 

Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity

Holy Name Province
4421 Lower River Rd
Stella Niagara, NY 14144

Provincial Secretary:
716-754-4311 ext 9764#





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