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Sister Bea Leising on Social Justice

Sister Bea Leising on Social Justice A fellow member of the congregation’s Peace and Social Justice Committee said of Sister Bea Leising, “If there’s a book about social justice, Sister Bea has read it.” For Sister Bea, a resident of St. Mary of the Angels region house in Williamsville, New York, social justice as she

Franciscan Spirit – Fostering Fairness and Social Justice

Read the Fall 2018 edition of Franciscan Spirit and discover how we minister by "Fostering Fairness and Social Justice." From the words of Sister Barbara Jean Donovan, General Minister, "Just as Francis's love of Jesus inspired him to reach out to the poor and marginalized, proclaiming God's love and peace and fostering healing, so too,

Prayer Leads to Serving Others

By Sister Marianne Ferguson As they continued their journey, Jesus and His disciples entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister, named Mary, who sat beside the Lord at His feet, listening to Him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to Him and said, “Lord,

St. Francis Day Message

By Sister Barbara Jean Donovan OSF Today we celebrate the Transitus of our beloved founder St. Francis of Assisi, and tomorrow marks his Feast Day. It is no surprise to us that he is one of the Catholic Church’s most-loved saints. His devotion to creation, his care of the poor and his stand on social

A Message of Forgiveness

In these difficult days when stories of sexual abuse are everywhere, the actions of this one survivor give us a lesson in how to forgive:  

Meet Sister Patricia Rapozo

A Sister of St. Francis for 59 years, Sister Patricia is dedicated to serving others. Read more at

Our Congregation in the News

St. Anthony School in downtown Greenville has been the Catholic Church's mission to increasing the graduation rate of African Americans since 1943. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have led the school since its inception and strive to instill life-long learning, leadership and service in each student. Read more at Photo caption: 

2018 Fairway to Heaven Golf Tournament

The 15th Annual Fairway to Heaven tournament attracted 134 teams of players, including Sisters Jeanne Weisbeck, Donna Zwigart and, Catherine Hoefer. An afternoon of golf was followed by dinner, a live and silent auction and the introduction of the Sister Elizabeth John “EJ” Fund for Retired Sisters. Sister EJ established the golf fundraiser to help