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We, the School Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, trace our roots to the community born of the Franciscan charism of Mother Frances Antonia Lampel in Graz, Austria in 1843. Mother Hyacinth Magdalene Zahalka continued this charism in a new foundation in Bohemia in 1888.

We are a religious congregation of pontifical right. We serve the Church in the United States, India, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Chile, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Wherever we are, we form one body whose members live according to The Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis and our Constitutions. The various jurisdictions exercise degrees of autonomy under the authority of the General Minister and unite through a generalate in Rome.

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October 2011


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Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

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20th anniversary of St. Francis High School, Žilina, Slovakia

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Provincial Chapter, Italy

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Pilgrimage for Peace, Assisi

November 2011


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Closing celebrations for the Year of St. Agnes, Prague


 

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Province elections / November 2011

Italian Province elections
Provincial Minister: S.M. Valeria Ruggieri
Provincial Vicar: S.M. Margherita Faugno
Provincial Councilors: S.M. Adelanna Brunozzi, S.M. Patrizia Zimbolo and S.M. Maria Grazia Catino
Appointments for Region of Chile
Regional Minister: S.M. Sara Carrasco Gutiérrez
Regional Vicar: S.M. Sonia Lagos Umaña
Regional Councilor: S.M. Ana María Durán Pillancary

Province elections


Provincial Chapter / 3rd October, 2011

Three provinces have celebrated their provincial chapter and voted for new provincial administrations in recent days.

SLOVAK PROVINCE:
Provincial Minister, S.M. Magdaléna Sumilasová and Provincial Councilors: S.M. Lívia Gardianová, S.M. Anna Poláčková, S.M. Rafaela Zvrškovcová and S.M. Damiána Palenčárová.

Three provinces have celebrated their provincial chapter: SLOVAK PROVINCE, U.S. PROVINCE and CZECH PROVINCE.

U.S. PROVINCE:
Provincial Minister, S. Bernadine Marie Stemnock and Provincial Councilors: S. M. Jeanne Marie Ulica, S. M. Regina Ann Rakosny, S. Bonnie Marie Kleinschuster e S. Patricia Ann Mahoney
CZECH PROVINCE:
Provincial Minister,, S.M. Baptista Nožková and Provincial Councilors S.M. Veronika Říhová, S.M. Virginie Moravcová, S.M. Dominika Konečná y S.M. Daniela Cibulková.

Provincial Chapter / 3rd October, 2011

On 15 July the General Chapter elected Sister Regina Zuk-Olszewska from Slovakia to serve as Vicar General.

Will serve as Councilors Sister Nancy Celaschi, Sister Jessy Mooleparambil and Sister Rossana Villablanca Escobar while Sister Regina Zuk-Olszewska is the Vicar General.

The other members of the General Council, who will serve for a five-year term are:

Sister Nancy Celaschi from the United States; Sister Jessy Mooleparambil from India; Sister Rossana Villablanca Escobar from Chile.

Elected Minister General / 14th July, 2011

On 14 July the 20th General Chapter of the School Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis elected Sister M. Květa Vinklárková as the ninth General Minister of the Congregation. Sister Květa, a native of the Czech Republic, most recently served as General Vicar of the congregation.

Sister M. Květa Vinklárková.
Ninth General Minister of the Congregation.

Chapter Update 2 / 12th July, 2011

Most of the Chapter members spent the Lord's Day visiting Rome, while a small group went to Assisi and another group to Bagnoregio and Viterbo. In the afternoon most gathered at the Italian provincial house to celebrate the gift of life of Sisters Margaret Klaschka, Henriette Bier, Margherita Faugno and Adelanna Brunozzi, who are all celebrating "special birthdays" this year.

Chapter members spent the Lord's Day visiting Rome, Assisi, Bagnoregio and Viterbo.
Election of the new General Minister and Council on 14 and 15 July.

On Monday 11 July the capitulars approved the election process then began the painstaking work of discussing and approving the proposals that had been sent to the chapter from the various jurisdictions. On 12 July they will polish the draft document of their work groups, resolve the final points of some proposals and the recommendations from the chapter.

13 July will hopefully see the final work on the proposals, recommendations and chapter document before preparations for the election of the new General Minister and Council on 14 and 15 July.

Chapter Update 1 / 6th July, 2011

On the afternoon of 6 July the rest of the chapter members were free while the commission members worked to sift the comments and reports into four main themes for the chapter's further work: 1 – Internationality in Light of the Challenge of the Times; 2 – Fraternal Life in Light of Right Relationships; 3 – Formation for the Congregation in Llight of the Spirit of Discernment, and 4 – The Mission of the Congregation in Light of the New Evangelization.

1 – Internationality in Light of the Challenge of the Times;
2 – Fraternal Life in Light of Right Relationships;
3 – Formation for the Congregation in Llight of the Spirit of Discernment, and
4 – The Mission of the Congregation in Light of the New Evangelization.

The next day the chapter members divided into the four work groups, each group dedicated to one of the above themes.

This work, combined with the proposals that were submitted from the various jurisdictions, will serve as the basis for the general chapter mandate, which will give direction to the life and mission of the School Sisters of St. Francis for the next five years.

Opening of Chapter

The 20th General Chapter opened on 2 July with a Mass celebrated by Father Milan Bubák, S.V.D., who will lead the capitulars in two days of theological reflection on the chapter theme, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation."

On 2 July begins the 20th
General Chapter in the Generalate House in Rome.

Sister Mary Xavier Bomberger, General Minister, officially opened the General Chapter, which will be facilitated by Sister Patricia Orr, R.S.M.

The opening of the Chapter was preceded by an orientation session on 1 July and a Holy Hour at which Father José Ornelas Carvalho, Superior General of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, presided. The evening concluded with a picnic.

Inauguration in Rome

On 20-21 June the School Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis celebrated the inauguration and blessing of the new diagnostic imaging department and operating rooms at the Casa di Cura Villa Betania in Rome.

A new diagnostic imaging department and operating rooms was inaugurated at the Casa di Cura Villa Betania.

The private/public health-care facility is a sponsored ministry of the Congregation and since 1968 has been collaborating with Santo Spirito Hospital giving care to the sick.

For more information, see www.casadicuravillabetania.com

General Chapter

The 20th General Chapter of the congregation begins on 2 July 2011 and concludes with a celebration on 16 July.

General Chapter of congregation
from 2 July to 16 July 2011 in Rome.

The twenty-eight capitulars will gather in the generalate in Rome to reflect on and discuss the theme, taken from the Gospel of Mark, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation."

They will be charged with the task of setting the direction for the congregation's life and mission for the next five years and entrusting the implementation of this plan to the new General Minister and Council whom they will elect.

Web Site Release

The School Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis announce the launch of their new web-site, www.sstorsf.org.

Launch of new web-site in English, Italian, Spanish, Czech and Slovak.

The site, which currently is in five languages, has information about the life and ministry of the sisters who serve in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa in education, health-care, catechesis, social work and various creative responses to the needs of the church and society.


 
 
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