• 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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Obituary for Sister Germaine Henry, FMSJ

March 18, 2019

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of   SISTER GERMAINE HENRY Who died at Franciscan Convent, Blackburn on 16th March 2019   Margaret Henry was born on 15th June 1926, the eldest of six children of James and Elizabeth Henry in Doncaster.  She is survived by her two brothers, Martin and Peter and by her three sisters Anne, Eileen and Sheila. Margaret left school at the age of fourteen and worked as a textile operative until […]

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R.I.P. Sister Germaine Henry, FMSJ

March 16, 2019

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Germaine Henry, FMSJ who died peacefully this morning at our convent in Blackburn. Her obituary will follow. May she rest in peace.

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Obituary for Sister Austin Cairns, FMSJ

February 19, 2019

Yours prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of SISTER AUSTIN CAIRNS Who died at Franciscan Convent, Blackburn on Tuesday 19th February 2019 Sister Austin was born on 18th October 1937, the second child of Patrick and Mary Cairnsin Burnopfield, Co.Durham.  She was baptised Winifred Mary on 23rd October 1937 at Sacred Heart Church, Byermoor and confirmed on 21st July 1946.  She is predeceased by her older sister, Joan, and is survived by her sister, Barbara, and her […]

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Sister Austin Cairns, RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sister Austin Cairns. She died peacefully this morning, 19 February 2019. Her obituary will follow.

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Congratulations to our Golden Jubilarians

February 12, 2019

Congratulations to Sister Patricia Johnson, Sister Veronica O’Brien and Sister Joan O’Gorman who celebrated their Golden Jubilee on 11 February, 2019. May God continue to bless each of them as they continue to serve God’s people in their various ministries. We thank them for the wonderful witness they give to us by their commitment to service to all God’s people.  

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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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