Congregational Renewal

Sisters sing a Franciscan blessing at an international gathering
Sisters sing a Franciscan blessing at an international gathering

The events and direction of the Second Vatican Council mandated that religious congregations renew themselves and faithfully follow the charism of their founders. The School Sisters of St. Francis responded whole-heartedly. The Constitutions and Rule of Life were revised to become Response in Faith. New ministries and opportunities—developed in response to new needs in pastoral outreach, social justice, education and health care—reflected a more contemporary understanding of Gospel life and service.

The School Sisters of St. Francis today is firmly rooted in the Franciscan values of non-violence, mutuality, hospitality, and in spirituality that balances activity and prayer. Associate Relationship gives lay women and men the opportunity to join the School Sisters of St. Francis in a common commitment to the Gospel and to carrying forward the mission of the Church.