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Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Our Congregation’s Charism INSPIRED by Francis of Assisi to follow Jesus Christ in total responsiveness to the Providence of God WE EMBRACE the evangelical life in community striving to live the poverty of Jesus Christ and to proclaim peace in the joy of the Spirit. What is a Charism? The charism of a religious congregation provides a set of spiritual values that guides life within the congregation and the mission of the religious congregation in the Church. Each congregation’s charism is unique demonstrating God’s great love for the Church given through a diversity of gifts and functions. From Our Mission Statement We, Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God . . . . . . will be instruments of justice and peace among those in need of evangelization, healing and reconciliation, especially the poor and oppressed. Historical Timeline 1922 - Lithuanian Sisters of St. Francis founded in Pittsburgh to serve Lithuanian immigrants. 1923 – Work begun on original Motherhouse for the congregation in Whitehall section of Pittsburgh 1931 – Sisters sent to teach Lithuanian children in schools throughout East and Midwest. Historical Timeline (cont’d) 1938 – Five Sisters set sail for Brazil to minister to immigrants fleeing Lithuania prior to WWII. Historical Timeline (cont’d) 1939 - Ground broken for St. Francis Academy. Would educate 3,000 young women before closing in 1991. 1949 – Name changed to Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God to reflect the congregation’s expression of God’s Providence and to be a sign of our ministries to all ethnic groups. Historical Timeline (cont’d) 1965 - Sisters are teaching in 27 elementary schools and 8 secondary schools in the U.S.A. and Brazil. 1965 - Vatican II Council: Church reforms open up new opportunities for Sisters. Historical Timeline (cont’d) 1990 – Desiring to promote peace as a way of life, Sisters dedicate Motherhouse property as a Peace Site Historical Timeline (cont’d) Early 1990s – Major renovations to all buildings on property to accommodate changing needs Historical Timeline (cont’d) 1992 - Franciscan Child Day Care Center founded to help parents and children enjoy extended family environment. Initial enrollment is 13. 1995 – Franciscan Spirit & Life Center dedicated as a new ministry. Historical Timeline (cont’d) 1997 – Sister Dolorita plays major role in establishing St. Clare Hospice in Lithuania. Historical Timeline (cont’d) 2007 - FCDCC celebrates 25th anniversary with enrollment of 110 preschoolers. 2009 – Benefactors and friends contribute to a new emergency alert system and handicap accessible van for Sisters in Assisi Hall. Historical Timeline (cont’d) 2010 – Sisters engage in strategic planning process to determine long term use of the Motherhouse property. Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Congregation is comprised of two Provinces: USA Province Brazilian Province Generalate - Oversees Entire Congregation Sister Janet Gardner General Minister Sister Yolanda Sister Margaret Sister Rute Almeida Marcelino Markey Guimaraes Asst. General General Councilor General Councilor Minister USA Province Leadership Team Sister Joanne Brazinski Provincial Minister Sister Barbara Sister Althea Anne Sister Elise Zilch Spencer Mora Asst. Provincial Provincial Councilor Provincial Councilor Minister Current Ministries Franciscan Child Day Care Center – Provides day care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Also, before and after-school care for K thru 5th grade. Current Ministries Franciscan Spirit & Life Center – offers retreats and programs to persons of all faiths. Welcomes other non-profits who want to facilitate their own meetings, retreats or workshops. Current Ministries Hermitages – Three hermitages built in secluded wooded area on the grounds available for day, overnight or extended stays for quiet, solitude and prayer. Current Ministries Franciscan Townhouses – Designed to provide adults (55+) freedom and independence within a community-like atmosphere Working for Peace and Justice We promote the sacredness of life through all its stages We support legislation to curtail the availability of weapons We promote fair trade as an “antidote” to the exploitation of workers We support legislation that provides protection, financial assistance to survivors of domestic violence and abuse Working for Peace and Justice We work with other Franciscan communities to end the horrors of human trafficking We work for just and human solutions to criminal justice and oppose the death penalty We commit to reversing the waste and destruction of our natural resources Assisi Hall Home for our retired and infirm Sisters. Care is individualized, flexible, and maximizes the Sisters’ independence, privacy and dignity. Providence Hall Home to our administrative staff to include human resources, finance, maintenance, housekeeping, and development. Also includes community’s Heritage Room. Mary Immaculate Chapel Main chapel for Sisters’ prayer services, daily Mass and special ceremonies. Sources of Income Sisters’ Salaries from Off-Campus Ministries Retired Sisters’ Social Security Investment Income Event Income - Autumn Gala, Spring Fling Donations for Benefactors and Friends Sales of Franciscan Blend Coffee, Soup, Gift Shop Items Property Rental Income Franciscan Spirit & Life Center Franciscan Child Day Care Center Foundation Grants Brazilian Province Grinding poverty distinguishes many regions in Brazil. During our years of ministry there, our Sisters have found new energy and direction for responses to the poor. Brazilian Province Our Brazilian Province also operates three schools in Sao Paulo, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Michael the Archangel and Pius XII. Bolivian Mission Several Sisters from our Brazil Province currently minister to the needs of the poor in Bolivia. We seek to expand our Franciscan presence in this region to help meet the spiritual and social needs of the largely indigenous population. Lithuanian Mission Two Sisters from the USA offer the Lithuanian people support and guidance. We provide them an opportunity to meet and work with vowed religious women in their daily lives. Our Sisters are involved in youth projects, food distribution and hospice care. Lithuanian Mission Additionally, pastoral services are offered at the 45-bed St. Clare Hospice and the Sisters distribute over 200 food baskets each month to needy families. We Are Franciscans! The ministries we choose today and the service we give are driven by a long range strategic plan to continue to manifest the Providence of God by imitating the compassion demonstrated by St. Francis of Assisi nearly 800 years ago.
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