Open to new ways, we respond in hope and compassion,
trusting God will provide. We hold our world as sacred, witnessing our passion for Christ to all creation.
Peace and All Good! ¡Paz y Bien!
Saint Francis of Assisi, who responded to a call from God by a radical following of the Gospel, greeted those he met with a wish for peace and all good. We, Sisters and Associates, wish you the same and offer a bouquet of tulips, a flower that reminds us of our origins in the south of The Netherlands.
Magdalen Damen, our Foundress, carried the Franciscan spirit into the turbulent world of her day. She was born in 1787, the daughter of simple tenant farmers. Against all odds, nearly fifty years later, she and four companions began a small Franciscan congregation that has spread from Europe to Southeast Asia, South and North America and East Africa.
In North America, in our own times, we follow the Gospel, living as sisters minor in the midst of God's people, witnessing hope to a struggling world.
While we live in a variety of places and situations, our three North American provinces have central offices in Stella Niagara, New York, Denver, Colorado and Redwood City, California. Our Sisters in the Chiapas Mission are located in Palenque, in the southernmost state of Mexico.