Our life of prayer, community and ministry

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is a congregation of more than 400 vowed women religious whose origin goes back to St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. Our Franciscan spirit, rooted in the Gospel, motivates us to continue God’s work and respond to God’s people wherever there is a need with reverence, justice and compassion. Together, the sisters serve in 12 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as in Kenya and Peru.

In addition, more than 280 women and men known as Franciscan associates journey with us and share in our Franciscan spirituality and mission.

Congregational leadership team

The congregation’s leadership team is elected for a four-year term. The current team serves from Sept. 2016 to Sept. 2020. Members of the leadership team are elected at the congregation’s general chapter held every four years.

Ministers are elected in each region to give specific attention to the sisters in their respective region.

2016 2020 Leadership
Standing: Sisters Jeanne Weisbeck; Patricia Larkin; Pamela Conte

Seated: Sisters Louise Alff, assistant general minister; Barbara Jean Donovan, general minister; Donna Zwigart

The essence of
who we are

Our directional statement identifies the essence of who we are as Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. It is the internal driving force and inspiration that moves us to the action of our mission statement.

Statement of Direction
Rooted in the Gospel and energized by the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare, we seek to be women of vision living in right relationship with God, one another and with all creation. 2004 Founding Chapter

Mission Statement
Rooted in the Gospel, we are sisters to all, serving with reverence, justice and compassion.