About Us

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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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...

Franciscan Federation Issues Resolution on Standing in Solidarity with Native American Peoples

The Franciscan Federation of the Sisters and Brothers of the Third Order Regular of the U.S., and their associates resolved “to stand in solidarity with Native American People in care of their land and of our Sister, Mother Earth” in a resolution affirmed by some 240...

Celebrating the Life of Sr. Marcy Romine O.S.F.

Obituary – Sr. Marcy Romine O.S.F. Sr. Marcy Romine, 67, a sister for 47 years, died February 14, 2017 at her apartment in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1950, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1968 and...

Archbishop of St. Louis releases statement on Trump’s executive order on refugees and migrants

As Catholic women committed to equality and social justice, we support this statement by the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Refugees and Migrants and Refugees.  The recent executive order to turn away refugees and to narrow or close our nation’s doors to our migrant...

Catholic Sisters, Brothers, Priests send Letter to President Trump

We join Catholic Sisters and Religious Priests and Brothers across the country in sending a Letter to President Trump reminding him of the gift and responsibility of leadership. We renew our own commitment to actively advocating against the privilege of some over the...

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