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This UPDATE features opportunities that deepen our connections, inspire our service, and feed our desire 'to do what is ours to do' as Franciscans, here and now, wherever we are!

Under the Sky We Make

It's warming. It's us. We're sure. It's bad. But we can fix it!

Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (via Zoom)

9-10:30 am (EST), 2-3:30 pm (GMT)

Click here to download the flyer.

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth invite you to join us in discussing Under the Sky We Make with author, Dr. Kimberly Nicholas. This book centers around what each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably in a warming world.

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Engaging the Laudato Si’ Action Platform

January 14, 2022 from 2 – 4 pm (Rome Time), 8 – 10 am (Eastern USA)

Bring the whole family together…for we know that things can change. (LS 13)

  • Messages from the Co-Presidents of the JPIC Commission USG-UISG, 
  • Deepening our Understanding of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, 
  • Maureen Villanueva, Engagement Manager for Special Projects

Integrating responses to mining through nonviolence

Please, click here to register.

The webinar will be in English, Spanish, French and Italian |

Click on the links below to view LSAP Action Statements

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart 

Rochester Franciscan Sisters

Wheaton Franciscan Sisters


Next Funding Cycle for Ministries of Franciscan Women Religious

The Sisters of St. Francis - Sacred Heart Charitable Fund is now taking applications for its March 1, 2022 deadline. To be eligible, the grant-seeking organization must meet the following criteria:

  1. It is sponsored by an order of Franciscan women religious in the United States. (One application per province/congregation, please).
  2. It has been a 501(c)3 for at least two years.
  3. The purpose of the grant is for peace and justice, education, or earth care, as further explained on the website.

Visit for more information and to see if your ministry meets the eligibility requirements. Spread the word to your sisters who have ministries in the name of your Franciscan women religious community. Applications for the next cycle are due March 1, 2022. If you have questions, contact Sue Artone-Fricke, OSF, at Peace and all good.

A Franciscan Renaissance:

Needed, Costly and Within Reach

56th Annual Franciscan Federation Conference (AFC) June 12, 2021

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You are invited to join in a virtual dialogue of Brian McLaren’s “A Franciscan Renaissance: needed, costly and within reach”. Explore with other members of the Franciscan community the inspiration and invitation offered by Brian in his keynote address at the 2021 Franciscan Federation Conference. 

Preparation - Discussion Questions

Of all the challenges Brian held out to us as Franciscans, what challenged and/or inspired you the most?

What action steps are you willing to take and who or what interest group needs to be at the table with you to facilitate a Franciscan Renaissance in the Franciscan Federation; in our nation and our world?  

Link to the Script for Brian McLaren’s Federation Address

All three sessions are the same. Attend one or more if you wish. Your responses to the conversation will be shared with Brian and contribute to the opening session of our Annual Franciscan Conference, June 3-6, 2022.

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  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern; Facilitator: Anne Amati, OSF, Franciscan Federation Region 2
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022, 4: 00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern; Facilitator: Sara Marks, Emergent Group
  • Sunday, March 6, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern; Facilitator: Pat Millen, OSF, Franciscan Federation Region 6
Click here to register

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 

is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a re-examination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

You are invited to a Franciscan Federation Book Discussion Series

Members of the Franciscan Federation will facilitate this unique opportunity for prayer, study, dialogue and discussion on racial injustice. Isabel Wilkerson’s book provides a guide to race and racial brutality in the US, told through the allegory of caste, the latter viewed as the skeleton under the flesh of black-white relationships in the 400-year history of what became the United States of America. 

Click here to learn more.

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Carolyn Townes, CCS

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Maryann Agnes Mueller, CSSF

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Rose Marie Kujawa, CSSF

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Pat Millen, OSF

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Colleen Collins, OSF

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Kay Klackner, FSCC


A Christmas Letter from the International Franciscan Conference

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we approach the celebration of Christmas, the wonder of the Incarnation, the dazzling light of our God-with-us, what words or emotions can express our love, our faith experience?

Francis knew better than we how to reach out and touch a heart, quicken a spirit, experience unity with a heart undivided. Click here to read the complete letter.

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