Our Charism

"The special and most outstanding spirit of our community is the loving simplicity which our holy father Saint Francis practiced to a very high degree."

from The Spirituality of our Pioneer Sisters

Our special purpose, our primary commitment, is to serve the sick and the poor with the greatest care and love and to not turn away anyone who comes to us for care. (Exchange of promises.)

What is a Charism?

Definition: A charism is a gift of the Holy Spirit, given to an individual or group for the purpose of serving the Church, in which God is at work.


"There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit."

1 Cor 12:4-7


What is the Charism of a Religious Community?

Each religious community has its own particular spirit, purpose and character, this is what we refer to as its charism.

Loyal recognition and safekeeping should be accorded to the spirit of the founders as also to all the particular goals and wholesome traditions which constitute the heritage of each community. It serves the best interest of the Church for communities to have their own special character and purpose.

Perfectae Caritatis, #2

Where do we get our Charism?

Our charism is given to us through our founders and is made visible in the way they lived, in their words, in the way they viewed things and in the rule and constitutions they have left us to follow. When we are faithful to these things we know that our charism is alive and active.

We strive to follow St. Francis, Mother Frances and Archbishop Spalding in our daily life, especially as it is shown to us in our rule and constitutions. That manifests itself in our interior life, our community life and our apostolic works.

Learn more about our charism through our history.  (This section is being developed.  More to come later.)