Peace & Justice

Throughout Franciscan history, two admonitions of Saint Francis are repeated over and over - to live a life of penance and to put into practice the works of mercy. These elements are at the heart of the Franciscans charism.

            The brothers and sisters are called to heal the wounded,
to bind up those who are bruised and to reclaim the erring.
(Third Order Rule, Article 30)

These words of the Rule form the basis of our fundamental peace and justice stance to the world. As Franciscan Sisters of Peace, through ongoing conversion, we continue to trust that God will teach us what is ours to do. As signs and instruments in rebuilding the Church, we are continually called to be sisters to all people in harmony with all creation. In the tradition and spirit of Saint Francis, we pray for peace and strive to develop it in our own hearts and lives as well as to bring it to the lives of those with whom we minister.
In the late 1990s, the Congregation became engaged in a process of education about various social justice issues. As our consciousness has been awakened, we have been moved to respond by taking specific action steps. It was determined that we focus on a single justice issue annually.