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The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (FSOLPH) are prayerful women dedicated to the mission of being a transforming presence in the world by compassionately and joyfully witnessing Gospel values. This community of women religious serves across the country in varied ministries, but with a common heart. Serving God’s children since 1901, the Franciscan Sisters are currently based in Kirkwood, Missouri. A special commitment to care for creation is expressed through their Franciscans for Earth movement, including their “Franciscan Farm” in DeSoto, Missouri.

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A Grateful Heart

“Blessed are we whose hearts are filled with love, who sing praises to You with grateful hearts!”  Ps. 84 There is a boutique in town called ‘Never Enough’.  Really?  Never enough!  How can that be?  We are showered dally with blessings from our God.  But we just...

“Come, make your home in Me.”

Home. Maya Angelou wrote that the ache for home lives in all of us.  Do you have an ache for a place where you can be your best, truest, most honest self, where you can feel peace, where you can just be, where there is more light than darkness?  We long for peace, for...

Love LOUDLY!!!

It is not unusual to wake in the morning to the news of violence, natural disasters and uncommon events that shake our world and us.  As a people of faith, how do we view this news?  Do we allow it to bring us down, to dim the beauty of a new day or to sigh in...

Sacred Summer Sauntering

Lazy, hazy days of summer. We’ve all heard that expression and probably wonder, in the midst of very busy lives, how in the world summer can be considered lazy. There are so many summer activities to share, so many gatherings we don’t want to miss, so much outdoor...

God of the Everyday World

“If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” - John 3:12       In John’s gospel, Nicodemus attempts to read the “signs” he sees Jesus performing, and has questions about spiritual things...

Changing of the Season

An excerpt from Psalm 33: For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the...

Celebrating The Life of Sr. Judith Tokarczyk OSF

Sister Judith, a sister for 69 years, died February 14, 2018 at Mary, Queen and Mother Center in St. Louis. Born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1929, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1945 and professed perpetual vows in 1951. She received...

Celebrating the Life of Sister Maria Tessari

SISTER MARIA TESSARI, O.S.F. 1943-2018 Our dear Sister Maria Tessari went home to the Lord on January 16. She was a truly humble, prayerful woman of faith and courage whose spirit always radiated joy and peace. She was an excellent teacher, a compassionate pastoral...

LCWR Condemns Racism in All Forms

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all. We grieve with the citizens...

Celebrating The Life of Sr. Miriam Sitarz OSF

Obituary – Sr. Miriam Sitarz OSF Sister Miriam, 100, a sister for 84 years, died June 3, 2017 at Mary, Queen and Mother Center in St. Louis. Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1917, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1930 and...

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