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An Invitation

During Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart invite you to a one-hour online prayer experience March 8 at 7:00 p.m. centered on the Franciscan Crown (Seven Sorrows of Mary version). This hour of prayer will also include a Franciscan Healing Meditation.

Through this prayer experience and its focus on healing, especially as the faithful prepare their hearts during this Lenten season, the Sisters hope participants will come to know deeply our neighborly love and care.

This session will be led by Sr. Lovina Francis Pammit and it will be broadcast here in this location on our website as well as on Facebook and YouTube.

Return here at 7:00 p.m. on March 8 to view "A Franciscan Meditation for Our Weary World."

Sister Viviane Makes First Profession of Vows

On February 3, Sisters from the United States were blessed to attend the First Profession of Sr. Viviane Vieira de Sousa at a beautiful Saturday evening parish mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Icoaraci, Brazil. Special programs were printed in English for Sisters from the U.S., and Father had copies of his homily in English so we could understand what he was saying. One thing we enjoyed very much was four young ladies dressed in gold who danced as the Word was brought in by a young boy dressed as St. Francis accompanied by a little girl dressed like St. Clare and carrying a monstrance. Sr. Viviane’s radiance and joy were so evident during the ceremony and the whole day. Afterwards there was a reception under three tents set up near the church. It is such a privilege to attend and see the joy and pride of all the people. What a day of blessings for us and our entire community! - Sr. Kim Marie Wolf

Sister Edinalva Makes Perpetual Profession of Vows

With much joy we share the news that Sister Edinalva Rodrigues Cordeiro made her Perpetual Profession of Vows in Barcarena, Brazil on January 27, 2024. The ceremony was celebrated by Bishop José Maria at Our Lady of Aparecida Base Community in the neighborhood of  Betânia, where Sister Edinalva participated and began her faith walk. Festivities continued at an outdoor parish space with friends, family and fellow Franciscan Sisters from both Brazil and the United States. Showered with love, good wishes and gifts, Sister said she is grateful for this exciting milestone in her Franciscan journey as she continues to walk in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.

"It was a beautiful and memorable day!" Sr. Edinalva said.

After 10 years as the Associate Director and many years as a liaison, Sr. Norma Janssen has asked to share this blessing with another and will be stepping down from this role. We are grateful for her service in leading these men and women who are called to share our charism. Her guidance has been very valuable to both the Associates and Sisters as we build on our common charism to make the world a better place.

Sr. Christina Fuller will become the new Associate Director. Sr. Christina has always shown support for our Associates and has been part of the administrative team that ministered to them in the past. Since this is a partnership between the Associates and Sisters as carriers of the charism, the Leadership Team is taking this moment to also share the leadership of the FSSH Associates with an Associate. Patricia Tomich has agreed to be named the Assistant Associate Director. The team of Sr. Christina and Pat Tomich will become effective January 1, 2024. Sr. Norma will be available for the transition also.


Please keep these three women in your prayers as they help us all to live into the future as followers of Francis, Clare and carriers of the charism of our congregation. Let us give them our support on this new phase of our joint Gospel journey. - Sr. Joyce Shanabarger, General Community Leader

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Sunday, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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Letting Go Mini Podcast

Letting go. It is a universal struggle, and it applies to physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life at every stage. How do you let go and move through the difficulties of life with some semblance of peace? In this mini podcast, Franciscan Sisters talk about how they approach the challenge of letting go.

The series kicks off with a reflection by Sr. Christine Bowman who talks about her struggle with letting go before a move across the country. She describes the process of letting go and how it doesn't just apply to material things. Sr. Ellen Mary talks about a letting go of a different kind--when health changes turn your life upside down.

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