We, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, live prayerful lives in a community dedicated to caring for others, especially those most in need. In this atmosphere of kindness and goodness, we support each other’s professional and spiritual needs and draw strength from our shared community. Sisters pursue various career paths in medical, professional and other fields, and work in various capacities. We regularly attend professional conferences and meetings and we work closely with our team members statewide. By sharing all of their lives together—praying, working, eating, planning and celebrating—each Sister contributes to the community and support each other physically, mentally and spiritually. Read more about our Sisters.
Our charism is rooted in Franciscan Spirituality and what is called our Supreme Rule of Mission and a life of following Christ, as the Gospel guides us. We, like St. Francis, live in an attitude of conversion to God in an apostolic community that aims to be a witness and instrument of union and communion. Read more about our charism.
Responding to the spirit of God in our lives, we, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, live with integrity, making vibrant our shared evangelical life. We reach out in reverence and compassionate service to every person, especially those most in need, and work to make a significant difference in the world.
Sister or Nun?
Many people use the terms interchangeably, but there are important differences. Nuns’ lives are spent in prayer and they work within their convent or monastery. Sisters pray as well, but are more active in the larger community, engaging in many different kinds of work, most often for people who are in great need. Both nuns and Sisters take vows to God, live in community, give themselves entirely to God for life and live in the spirit of the founder of their particular religious order.