Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity
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.
The international congregation was founded by Mother Magdalen (Catherine) Damen in 1835 in the town of Heythuysen in what is now part of the Netherlands. In 1874, the first three missionary sisters, accompanied by General Superior Mother Aloysia Lenders, arrived in Buffalo, New York. There are now ten provinces, with the central administration in Rome, Italy.
- St. Francis Province  - Redwood City, California, USA
- Sacred Heart Province  - Denver, Colorado, USA
- Holy Name Province  - Stella Niagara Education Park, Lewiston, New York, USA
- Province of Divine Providence - Heythuysen, Netherlands
- Christ the King Province  - Ludinghausen, Germany
- Mary Immaculate Province  - Nonnenwerth, Germany
- Mary Help of Christians Province  - Orlik, Poland
- St. Clare Mission - Tanzania
- Holy Trinity Province - Indonesia
- Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Provinces - Brazil
- Generalate - Rome, Italy
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