Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity

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The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity is a Roman Catholic religious congregation for women. A third order secular group, the sisters are not cloistered nuns but active in the world, having historically been primarily involved in teaching, although they have participated in the care of the sick and poor, hospital work, mission work, and other activities.

History[edit]

The international congregation was founded by Mother Magdalen (Catherine) Damen in 1835[1] in the town of Heythuysen in what is now part of the Netherlands.[2] The Sisters were asked by Jesuit priests in Buffalo to come and serve the Roman Catholic families of German descent who were living there.[1] In 1874, the first three missionary sisters, accompanied by General Superior Mother Aloysia Lenders, arrived in Buffalo, New York.[2] The Sisters began serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.[1] There are now ten provinces, worldwide, with the central administration in Rome, Italy.[2]

Provinces[edit]

  • Generalate (Central administration) - Rome, Italy[2]
  • St. Francis Province - Redwood City, California, USA[2][3]
  • Sacred Heart Province - Denver, Colorado, USA[2][4]
  • Holy Name Province - Stella Niagara Education Park, Lewiston, New York, USA[2][5]
  • Province of Divine Providence - Heythuysen, Netherlands[6]
  • Christ the King Province - Ludinghausen, Germany[7]
  • Mary Immaculate Province - Nonnenwerth, Germany[8]
  • Mary Help of Christians Province - Orlik, Poland[9]
  • St. Clare Mission - Tanzania, East Africa[2]
  • Holy Trinity Province - Indonesia[6]
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Province; Immaculate Heart of Mary Province; and Our Lady of Providence Province - São Paulo, Brazil[10]
  • Holy Name Province - Chiapas, Mexico[2]

The province in Tanzania is designated as an international province.[6]

Additional ministries[edit]

The Sisters of St. Francis of Stella Niagara additionally minister in the American states of Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Florida.[2] They also operate a school, convent, peace site, and hospitality center in New York State.[11][12][13][14] The school is known as Stella Niagara Education Park.[11][12][13][14]

International ministries also exist in other countries throughout the world.[6] Those additional ministries are currently located in Belarus, East Timor, Guatemala, and the Philippines.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sisters of St. Francis, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stella Niagara Franciscans, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, Stella Niagara, NY: Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  3. ^ Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Redwood City, CA: Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, 2010, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  4. ^ Marycrest Assisted Living, Marycrest Assisted Living, Denver, CO: Marycrest Assisted Living, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. ^ Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, Stella Niagara, NY: Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, 2013, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e About the congregation, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Redwood City, CA: Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, 2010, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  7. ^ Franziskanerinnen: von der bube und der christlichen liebe, Franziskanerinnen, Ludinghausen, Germany: Franziskanerinnen, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  8. ^ Franziskanische schule, Privates Gymnasium der Franziskanerinnen von Nonnenwerth im Rhein, Nonnenwerth, Germany: Gymnasium Nonnenwerth, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  9. ^ Siostry Franciszkanki od Pokuty i Milosci Chrzescijanskiej, Siostry Franciszkanki od Pokuty i Milosci Chrzescijanskiej, Orlik, Poland: Siostry Franciszkanki od Pokuty i Milosci Chrzescijanskiej, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  10. ^ Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, Sao Paulo, Brazil: Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  11. ^ a b Stella Niagara Education Park, Stella Niagara Education Park, Stella Niagara, NY: Stella Niagara Education Park, 2009, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  12. ^ a b Stella Niagara Education Park (SNEP), Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, Stella Niagara, NY: Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  13. ^ a b Mission: Education, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, Stella Niagara, NY: Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity: Holy Name Province, 2014, Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  14. ^ a b History, Stella Niagara Education Park, Stella Niagara, NY: Stella Niagara Education Park, 2009, Retrieved 10 March 2014.

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