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.

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Celebrating the Life of Sister Barbara Siderewicz, OSF

SISTER BARBARA SIDEREWICZ, 1949-2024 Discernment is a contemplative life stance of being attuned to the Holy Spirit for the sake of Mission. -- Community Discernment Statement Sister Barbara Siderewicz gave her life totally to God when she professed her vows as a...

Celebrating the Life of Sister Clarice Faltus, OSF

Sister Clarice Faltus was born into eternal life at the age of 93 on March 2, 2024, after 69 years as a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Sister Clarice Faltus, nee Barbara Ann, was the second of four daughters born to Clara and Bertram Faltus in East...

Celebrating the Life of Sister Joan Phyllis Dyreks, OSF

Private funeral services for Sister Joan Phyllis Dyreks OSF will take place Friday, July 28, 2023. She will be laid to rest among her Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in a special section of Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Celebrating the Life of Sister Elaine Urbanek, OSF

SISTER ELAINE URBANEK September 1, 1923 – December 27, 2022 “It should be obvious that they are joyful, good-humored and happy in the Lord.” Third Order Regular Rule V,20 Indeed, Sister Elaine was joyful and happy in the Lord. Even as her slight body waited upon the...

In Praise of Regifting

Regifting gets a bad “wrap”—sorry for the terrible pun! During this season when we spend a lot of time and energy thinking about, shopping for, and purchasing presents, I think this practice deserves to be reconsidered. Sure, regifting can be a cheap and relatively thoughtless way of keeping up social conventions, but it doesn’t have to be. 

The Franciscan Sisters join other Women Religious in grieving the shooting in Colorado Springs

“As women of the Gospel, we stand in opposition to all forms of exclusion and violence committed against any member of the human family. There can be no tolerance for hate. We pledge ourselves to work for the change of structures and systems that promote messages and actions of violence, particularly those directed towards persons who lack freedom and are denied human dignity. Our faith requires something more of us. We are called to be instruments of peace.”

Celebrating the Life of Sister Rose Marie Przybylowicz, OSF

Sister Rose Marie Przybylowicz, OSF, passed away September 9, 2022. Her life will be celebrated with a Mass of Resurrection Friday, September 23.

LSAP Resource Guide — Community Engagement & Participatory Action

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LSAP Resource Guide — Ecological Spirituality

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FSOLPH Leadership attends 2022 LCWR Assembly

The Franciscan Sisters Leadership Team of Sisters Renita Brummer, Rosalie Wisniewski, and Ellen Horn took part in the annual conference of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious held August 9-12, 2022 in downtown St. Louis, MO.