Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Prayer Request for the Franciscan Sisters Minor

Prayer Request
The following is from an email I received from my friend Shana:

Esther,

I'm writing to you about the Franciscan Sisters Minor. They are a very primitive order of sisters, who do not use money, who beg for their daily food, no phone, no computers, TV or radio, no conveniences of any kind except the barest of necessities and who do not even use beds, but have sleeping bags on the floor. My friend, Sister Clare is one of the Professed sisters. She is a widow, mother and grandmother who has given up all comfort in retirement to live this very simple life of poverty. They are the most joyful women you've ever met in their holy poverty.

Her daughter, Diane, lives here in WV and keeps me informed about her mother. There are now 14 sisters. They were recently invited to go to Worcester MA to work with the bishop and live somewhere near St Paul's Cathedral and open a convent (they do a lot of evangelization, door to door, parish work, summer youth ministries etc).

They need a convent.

Would you be so kind so as to put this on your blog? The sisters will not accept money donations or checks made out to them, but checks sent to them will be forwarded to the diocese, which will then buy and maintain the house for the sisters (they own nothing, not even their veils, cords, rosaries and habits). The sister will take any checks sent to their motherhouse and send them to the diocese, however.

Please ask your readers, if you choose to post the request I sent previous to put a note in the envelope earmarking the donation for the Franciscan Sisters Minor's convent, and put their order on the memo line of the check (that last is my own suggestion).

Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester
49 Elm St
Worcester, MA 01609

OR

Our Lady of Angels Convent
Franciscan Sisters Minor
PO Box 832
West Warren MA 01092-9998

Sister Clare and the sisters moving to Worcester are staying with the family of Little Audrey Santos until the convent can be purchased.

Thank you!

In the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts - shana

2 comments:

Fr. Tim said...

To whom it may concern,

My name is Fr. Haberkorn. Iam the Pastor of two Churches in Topeka, Kansas. I was wondering if your Sisters know of any Sisters who would like to live in our parish convent. It is a beautiful convent and I am seeking Sisters who may be interested in making it their home. I would appreciate your reply. Thanks.

shana-sfo said...

I think the best bet for you would be to write to Mother Clement of the Franciscan Sisters Minor and find out. Since the sisters do not have a phone, writing is the only option. One of their addresses is in the post, and I think that is the convent that houses Mother Clement (although it wouldn't matter - all mail addressed to her would reach her anyway)

In the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts - shana