When Sister Barbara Jean Donovan and five other sisters were installed last September as the new Leadership team for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, they chose the theme of “servant leadership” to guide their four year term of office. That phrase was first advanced in 1970 by Robert K. Greenleaf, a
Franciscan Spirit magazine reflects what it means to live the Gospel as Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in our everyday lives. The spirit of Franciscan life is best described as: a joyful attitude, simplicity of heart, giving praise and thanks and greeting all with peace. Our hope is that concepts like these
We are grateful to the St. Francis Healthcare System in Hawaii for this wonderful video celebrating our long history of service in health care ministry with the people of Hawaii.
Sister Jean Thompson discusses World Day for Consecrated Life in this article published by the Western New York Catholic.
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have a more than 150-year history of service to immigrants. Our community was founded by immigrant women who came to New York State and Pennsylvania to build schools and hospitals to care for those who left their native countries and their families. Our sisters continue to
On a cold Sunday, Jan. 8, four Bloomsburg University students and their chaperones traveled four hours to Mount Alvernia in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were on a mission: to spend a week serving the most poor and vulnerable in and around our Pittsburgh region. Sponsored annually by the Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program, students spent
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2. This day gives us an opportunity to pray for all those women and men in consecrated life who have given
It is truly God’s work — helping those who are making life’s final transition. Our belief in Jesus Christ buoys us in that we know their earthly suffering is over, but working in an environment where pain and loss are commonplace can take its toll on even the most positive of people. Last March, Francis
Sister Margaret Carney of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is being honored for her many contributions to Catholic intellectual life. She will receive the Monika K. Hellwig Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities at the association’s annual meeting Jan. 28 in Washington, D.C. Prior to being named the
A woman of great valor, our "beloved mother of outcasts," spent her early years in central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education and of her own congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis. Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich