About

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planning for the future

The congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity completed their international pre-chapter meetings at Stella Niagara on October 18, 2018.  It was the first time in nearly four decades that the meetings were hosted at Stella Niagara.  Representatives from religious provinces in Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Poland, Tanzania, and the United States were present to discern the needs of the sisters as they prepare to elect new leadership in 2019. 

The sisters continually challenge themselves to use their Franciscan charism to meet the needs of our world through ministries including health care, education, social work, and social justice activism.

The congregation was founded in the Netherlands in 1835 and established in the United States in 1874.  Local ministries include the Stella Niagara Education Park, Center of Renewal Retreat and Conference Center, Francis Center, and the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.