We, Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, commit ourselves by profession of vows to:

Manifest God’s universal compassion through inclusive non-dominating relationships of love.

Trust in God’s Providence and live in a manner that affirms the right of all to a just share of the earth’s resources.

Discern together the voice of the Spirit that has called us to be one in our diversity.

In the spirit of Francis, Clare, and Elizabeth Hayes, we promote ever-widening circles of communion as we:

Open ourselves to a life of continued conversion in response to the call of the Gospel.

Identify with the victim, the poor and the marginalized in seeking a peace built on justice.

Reverence creation, acknowledging the right of all God’s creatures to enjoy its blessings.

Address the need within ourselves for repentance, forgiveness and healing while promoting a message of reconciliation.

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Minister’s Letter

Chapter42014 243Dear Friends,

Welcome to the website of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

Our community was founded in 1873 by Elizabeth Hayes, an Anglican convert. Elizabeth was a visionary who followed in the footsteps of Francis and Clare of Assisi, to live a radical Gospel way of life. Elizabeth started a fire that has burned in the hearts of all those who have been inspired to follow her for over a century and a half.

The spark was lit in Belle Prairie, Minnesota, and spread to the Midwestern, southern and eastern regions of the United States. The fire continued to grow in Canada, South America, England, Ireland, Italy, Egypt, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Africa.

Our mission today is to identify with the victim, the poor and the marginalized, especially women and children, in seeking a peace built on justice. We do this while reverencing creation, acknowledging the right of all God’s creatures to enjoy its blessings.

We invite you to walk a while with us through this website and experience in your own way the fire that burns within us.

May You be Blessed,
Sister Donna Driscoll, MFIC
United States Minister


Summer 2014 Reflection

On July 15th, the Franciscan family celebrates the feast of St. Bonaventure.  Born in 1221 in Bagnoregio, a small hilltop town in central Italy, he was cured of a serious illness as a boy through the prayers of St. Francis of Assisi.  Inspired by St. Francis and the example of the friars, especially of his master in theology at the University of Paris, Alexander of Hales, he entered the Franciscan Order, and became in turn a teacher of theology in the university.  Chosen as minister general of the Order in 1257, at the behest of the brothers, he wrote a life of St. Francis and other works reflecting the vision and spirituality of Francis of Assisi.

Sr. Ilia Delio writes the following, describing Bonaventure’s belief in God’s overflowing goodness and love seen in creation.

“St. Bonaventure described the created universe as the fountain-fullness of God’s expressed being. As God expresses God’s self in creation, creation, in turn, expresses the Creator.

We can compare the manifold variety of things in creation to the stain-glassed windows of a great cathedral. Just as light strikes the various panes of glass and diffracts into an array of colors, so too the divine light emanates through the Word and diffracts in the universe, producing a myriad of “colors” expressed in a myriad of things, all reflecting the divine light in some way.”[i] 

As we move through the summer months, listening to the songs of the birds, seeing the blossoms of beautiful flowers, tasting the fruits of our gardens, experiencing God’s presence in all we meet, may we savor God’s overflowing goodness and love for us and for our world.


[i] Ilia Delio OSF, Simply Bonaventure(Hyde Park, NY: NYC Press, 2001) 60.

 

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