Who We Are

“We, the CONGREGATION OF THE SISTERS OF THE SORROWFUL MOTHER, Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi, are a religious community of women who desire to live the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Baptized into the mystery of the Church and consecrated through the profession of the evangelical counsels, we seek to further the kingdom of God. (Our Way of Life #1)

The Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis is our foundational rule.  We follow Jesus as Franciscan religious, according to the vision of our foundress, Mother Frances Streitel of the Cross. (Our Way of Life #2)

We revere Mary, Mother of Sorrows, whose title we bear and we look to Mary, virgin and mother, as a model of faith, contemplation of God’s word, humble discipleship, and tender compassion. (Our Way of Life #3)

The apostolic and spiritual heritage which we received from St. Francis and Mother Frances, challenges us to give ourselves completely to Christ as instruments to bring fuller life to others. (Our Way of Life #51)