News/Events

15th Annual Food & Wine Tasting – May 9

Proceeds benefit the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis to people in need. Free wine glasses and hors d’oeuvre trays, silent and live auctions, wine pull Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Location: St. Mary of the Angels 201 Reist Street, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221 Tickets: $50 per person Fine Wine

Join us for an evening of good food and good cheer – April 26

Join us for an evening of good food and good cheer — all in support of the retirement needs and community care of the Sisters of St. Francis. Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Location: Franciscan Villa 6900 Buckley Road, Syracuse, NY 13212 Tickets: $50 per

Niagara University Students Spend Spring Break Giving Back

While some college students spent their spring break relaxing at the beach, ten students from Niagara University in Buffalo, New York reached out to help people in need in Pittsburgh. The group was part of the March 5 alternative break experience offered by the Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer program, a sponsored ministry of the

March 22 is World Water Day

Protecting Sister Water: A Shared Responsibility On March 22, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities join many in marking World Water Day. Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital

National Catholic Sisters Week

We are pleased to be a part of National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), an annual celebration that honors women religious. A series of events, sponsored by grants from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will take place across the country. For the seventh consecutive year, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities together

Sister Beth Niederpruem Ministers with Refugees Seeking Asylum

Sister Beth Niederpruem has seen her workload at Vive in Buffalo more than double in the weeks following the release of new U.S. policies for immigration. Refugees seeking asylum have overwhelmed the safe house in their efforts to cross over into Canada. “We currently have between 30 and 40 people more than we can handle

Lenten Reflection

By Sister Margaret Carney Aware as no other generation before us, we see on the nightly news and in the morning newspaper the suffering sea of humanity across the world. Amidst this backdrop, how can we be instruments of God's peace? The core of Franciscan spirituality is the striving to enter into the divine heart,

Honoring Friends

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities recently gathered at Franciscan Villa in Syracuse, New York to honor two special friends as they transition to retirement – Kathryn Ruscitto, out-going chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Health Center and Frank L. Smith, Jr., retired president and chief executive officer of Franciscan Companies. Kathy

Life on a Remote Hawaiian Island

Kathy Aney, a reporter with the Oregonian newspaper in Pendleton, Oregon, recently traveled to Kalaupapa, on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. She shares her experience in this beautiful story, which captures the legacy of Sts. Marianne and Damien as well as the spirit of the beautiful people who call this community home. Read More >

Sisters provide home for community orchestra

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic has found a home at the Mount Alvernia in Millvale. Regarded as western Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra, it is using Scotus Hall, owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, for rehearsals and concerts. Read More >