• On the 2nd May 1871, Alice Ingham, a 41-year old Lancashire woman, her stepmother and two friends began community life together. In Franciscan simplicity...

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  • Sister Maureen Murphy is our current Congregational Leader. She is assisted by Sister Anne Moore, assistant Congregational Leader and bursar, Sister Margaret...

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  • In today's world it is increasingly difficult to meet nuns or religious sisters in person. And yet there are many thousands of sisters in every part of the world...

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Sister Maureen’s reflection on delegates’ meeting in Rome

May 13, 2019

Thanks to so many of you who have written to thank me for the emails I sent last week. I am pleased you enjoyed hearing what I have been doing. Today we began meetings for those who are the delegates representing the other leaders in their country and as you will remember I am here for the leaders from the UK. There are 40 delegates at the meetings and nine members of the board so it is a much smaller […]

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Sister Maureen’s reflection: 12 May

May 12, 2019

Yesterday I moved from the hotel where we had to be for the conference to a convent guest house near St Peter’s. It is only three minutes walk away. First of all I went to get the official photos of me with the Pope and it took a long time to find the place down a back street. The result was worth waiting for. Later I explored some local churches to have some quiet time in which to give thanks […]

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Sister Maureen at the meeting of UISG members with Pope Francis

May 11, 2019

As I told you yesterday, we had a papal audience today and it was truly wonderful. We were all in for breakfast as soon as the dining room opened at 6am and we left afterwards in a fleet of taxis for St Peter’s where we queued up with other pilgrims to go through security for Mass under the window of the Holy Spirit which also shows the chairs of St Peter. We sat in quiet prayer for over an hour […]

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UISG Plenary talk: Sowers of Prophetic Hope: The Call to Interreligious Dialogue

May 10, 2019

Prof. Donna Orsuto spoke to the Plenary on the topic of “Sowers of Prophetic Hope: The Call to Interreligious Dialogue.” She spoke of 5 practical ways to do this: First, recognize that many of you are already directly involved in interreligious dialogue and strengthen these relationships  Second, reach out to your neighbours Third, caste out fear through knowledge:  learn more about people of other religions and their beliefs  Fourth, pray; pray for peace between people of different religions   Fifth, […]

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Sister Maureen: reflection on day 4 at UISG Plenary

May 9, 2019

Today has been another very full day which again began with a beautiful prayer in Spanish based on our senses and the need to use them in our inter religious dialogue. We prayed that with our eyes we will captivated by the beauty of God and that our own eyes will see His people who need our love and our care. With our ears we will listen to the slight breeze which will distinguish the cries of the poor and […]

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Mission Statement

We are an International Franciscan Roman Catholic Missionary Congregation for women.

We live in community and we are currently working in the U.K, Ireland, The Netherlands, Ecuador, Kenya, Uganda and the U.S.A.

We evangelise through our witness to the love of Christ for his people in ministries of teaching, nursing, and catechesis, social and pastoral work.

Justice & Peace

Privacy and Safeguarding Statements

As a Congregation we are committed to promoting a culture of Safeguarding in all of our ministries and are aligned to the Salford Diocesan Safeguarding Commission. We advocate for justice and peace issues wherever we are throughout the world.

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