Our Global Impact

Our Global Impact

The School Sisters of St. Francis share a common, worldwide focus on giving, healing, and defending life. Through a wide range of ministries, we join hands in partnership with our associates, benefactors, and friends to serve the needs of those who suffer from inequality, poverty, and hunger around the world.

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Calligraphy Artist Shares “Beautiful Words”

Internationally acclaimed artist Michael Podesta, working out of his studio in Suffolk, Virginia, has been drawing calligraphic designs for more than 40 years. He estimates that he has produced more than 200 designs, many of which are cherished by collectors as keepsakes and gifts, and he has published two collections in book form.
 
The School Sisters of St. Francis are delighted to welcome Michael on his first visit to Wisconsin for a lunchtime event at which this master calligrapher will offer reflections for the soul. He will present stunning examples of his work and the stories behind them, and share behind-the-scenes glimpses into his life, artistry, and spirituality.
 
Michael writes of his work, “I share these words of praise from the settings of my beliefs and activities. Family, work, friendship, the seasons, music, memory: These are the experiences in which I have seen the line that separates the 'spiritual' from the 'secular' blur and then completely disappear. These are the experiences in which I have found God's good gifts and tender mercies sufficient to the needs of everyday life.”
 
The registration fee for this unique gathering is $25, which includes lunch. Please register in advance by May 28. Write checks to: School Sisters of St. Francis Outreach Events, c/o Donna O’Loughlin at 414-385-5272 or email doloughlin@sssf.org.

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  • Eternal Word, lead all creation to know your mercy and love.
  • Gracious God, keep in your mercy those men and women who have died for the cause of freedom.
  • Source of all Being, instruct our hearts in your kindness and fidelity.
  • Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.
  • If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do! (Brightvibes)

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The School Sisters of St. Francis live the Good News of Jesus and witness to the presence of God as we enter into the lives and needs of people around the world, especially those who are poor. We strive to be a source of new life, new meaning and new hope.  Our Vision is a world transformed through peace, justice and love.

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Global Impact Around the World

  • United States
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  • Europe
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United States

United States

The School Sisters of St. Francis meet the needs of the times in the United States through their varied ministries.

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Latin America

Latin America

Today our sisters of the Latin American Region serve in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru.

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Europe

Europe

Today our sisters of the European Province serve in Germany and Switzerland.     

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India

India

In India, the School Sisters of St. Francis have served those in need since the 1930s. In October 2015, the School Sisters of St. Francis’ Assisi Province in southern India launched a new mission to Tanzania.

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