Global Outreach

Classroom in IndiaIn the 1930s and following decades, the community’s vision became more international. Expansion included a school in China, two missions in India, several hospitals in Germany and an orphanage in Honduras.

A province developed in Latin America with missions in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru and Mexico. It was named the Union of Latin American Franciscans (ULAF). This province emphasizes pastoral work, education, health care, ministry to indigenous people, and service in the Guatemalan orphanage founded by the community.

Two provinces in India, established in 1996 and 2000, each have attracted close to 100 sisters. There the School Sisters of St. Francis serve the poorest of the poor, carrying out ministries in villages, dispensaries, schools and hostels for girls and women.