Community

"We express Franciscan simplicity in true Christlike love and charity and sincere, joyful, and hearty relationships with our Sisters."

-The Spirituality of our Pioneer Sisters

Why Community Life?

A greater service can be offered to God as we share His work together in loving cooperation. (read Evangelica Testificatio, #39)

Our life in community brings God’s many blessings upon our religious family.

Following the example of the early Church, in which the believers were of one heart and soul, we live a common life in prayer and share the same spirit. (Acts 2:42) (read Perfectae Caritatis, #8)

How We Live our Life in Community

The Eucharist is the center and source of our religious Community. We are united to one another through the sacrifice of the Mass and the reception of our Lord’s Body and Blood. As we gather around His presence in the Blessed Sacrament for our community prayers, we express and give witness to the unity of all mankind in eternity.

We reside in the religious houses of our Congregation. In this way we live our true vocation in the Church.

We pray together, eat together, have fun times together, live together, and work together in our community’s apostolate.

Our infirm Sisters live at our motherhouse and are cared for there, so they can maintain their sacramental life with us and participate in community life. They are our 'powerhouse of prayer'.

Our Sisters all gather together several times a year for special Church and community holy days, spiritual workshops, our Major Superior’s feast day and our annual bazaar.

Our "We Care" Program

A Sister who is actively working and an infirm Sister, who is in the apostolate of prayer and suffering, are teamed up. The active Sister prays for her Care Sister and corresponds with her on her baptismal day, patron saint day, and on other special occasions and visits her whenever possible. The infirm Sister offers prayer and a share in her sufferings for the intentions of the active Sister.