The unique spirit and character of our community, along with the heart of our mission, has been handed on to us through the way our founders lived, what they taught, how they viewed the world, and our rule and constitutions. Through prayer, charity, and joyful sacrifice, we strive to draw ever closer to Christ in greater intimacy and to be like Him in all things, particularly in serving those in need. Our primary purpose is to care for the sick and poor with the greatest care and love and to never turn away anyone who comes to us for care — as our foundress, Mother M. Frances Krasse, promised the Lord.
The Franciscan shield that serves as our standard symbolically expresses the roots and spirit of our community. The Cross is in the center with rays extending from it. In front of the Cross is the bare arm of our Lord Jesus Christ, with the wound from the nail in his hand. Behind the Cross is the arm of St. Francis of Assisi, bearing the stigmata. The arm of St. Francis mirrors the arm of Christ because he strove to imitate Him in everything. The clouds represent how St. Francis now enjoys the glories of heaven with the Lord, as we all hope to experience.
All-highest, glorious God,
cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith,
and profound humility,
with wisdom and perception, O Lord,
so that I may do what is truly your holy will.
— St. Francis of Assisi