Fast Facts

Franciscan life
We follow in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. In his footsteps, we live simply. This allows us to have a true and humble faith, to serve and work faithfully and conscientiously and to live with special dedication and joy.

Sisters praying in adoration chapel

Global presence
FSPA minister throughout the United States (12 states and on Guam) and in Canada. Our Global Awareness Through Experience pilgrimage program takes us throughout Latin America and our partnership with the Franciscan Common Venture connects us with Franciscan Sisters in Cameroon, West Africa and beyond.       

Perpetual Adoration
Since Aug. 1, 1878, we’ve prayed nonstop. Through perpetual eucharistic adoration, we offer God continuous praise and thanksgiving before the Blessed Sacrament. Nurtured and strengthened by Jesus' presence, we live out this adoration in our daily lives as we strive to help those in need.

Social Justice
True to our Franciscan calling, we commit ourselves to building Christ's Kingdom of justice and peace. We continue our efforts to preserve and nurture God's creation, to increase social and global consciousness, to educate ourselves to political awareness, and to encourage action to effect change where necessary (Unity in Diversity #40).

Sister picking leaf lettuce

Sponsored ministries
Through sponsorship, we continue to influence our sponsored ministries in ways that further the mission of both FSPA and the institutions themselves. We sponsor three spirituality centers and Global Awareness Through Experience.

An important role of FSPA is to invite others to learn about and experience God's presence in nature. Using our land resources, including our organic garden, to model sustainability practices and spirituality for others is a very significant way of continuing FSPA's long-standing tradition of education ministry.


Annual Celebrations

Mar. 19
Feast of St. Joseph

May 28
Founders’ Day

Aug. 1
Perpetual Adoration anniversary

Aug. 11
Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

Sept. 4
Feast of St. Rose of Viterbo

Oct. 4
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

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