Peace & Justice

Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities Troubled by Climate Agreement Withdrawal

Join national organization in condemning President Trump’s action The more than 320 Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities joined the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in expressing their deep disappointment in President Trump’s actions this week to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. “As followers of St. Francis of [...]

At Age 95, She Fights Online Pornography

For more than 50 years, Sister Helen Buscarino brought the fundamentals of Catholic faith and general education to hundreds of students throughout western New York, Brooklyn, and in San Antonio, Texas. Her education ministry was always important to her, but Sister Helen had a special attraction to social justice causes. At 95 years old, she [...]

Reusable Bags Are The Way to Go!

By Franciscan Associate Gerianne Dobmeier This past month, News & Views featured several articles from our sisters advocating for the care of our common home. This week, the sisters who live at Fredonia Place of Williamsville and Father John Leising are showing their support by choosing reusable bags over plastic or paper bags. This is [...]


Sister Caryn Crook, OSF If anyone ever tells you that composting doesn’t smell or that it is easy, it is not true.  But I am glad that we at the Hermitage compost. The sisters at the Hermitage were composting before I even entered. Turning food scraps into good soil for all kinds of gardens helps [...]

Human Trafficking Update – Blue Heart Campaign

SOSFNC took a corporate stand in 2015 to make themselves and others aware of the impact that human trafficking has on the trafficked and all society. As part of our anti-human trafficking program, we share with you information about the Blue Heart Campaign and ask that you do what you can to become involved.

A Haven for Cecil

Cecil is one of a number of asylum seekers who spent time at VIVE and who worked with Sister Beth Neiderpruem before being able to go out on his own. Read his story below first published in the Fall 2017 issue of the Franciscan Spirit. “I had always hoped to visit America, but it came [...]

A Man Named Larry

By S. Lois Jean Nunweiler The Town of Amherst and the Village of Williamsville in western New York are somewhat selective as to what is acceptable or not acceptable “in our backyard.”  It wasn’t always that way. The early history of Williamsville is one of settlers who made their homes in this area and developed their [...]