The Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal is a public association of the faithful established in 1988 as a parallel Community to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
The aim of the Community is to live the Gospel in simplicity according to the ideals of Saint Francis, as handed on by the Capuchin tradition. The values uniting the sisters include a strong Eucharistic prayer life, an emphasis on a common life marked by a warm family spirit, joyful imitation of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Church and loyalty to the Holy Father. The sisters’ two-fold apostolic mission is hands-on work with the poor and evangelization. This ministry is accomplished through a variety of apostolates including a soup kitchen, food pantries, clothing pantries, home-visits, pro-life work, retreat work, and inner-city youth ministry. The CFR sisters currently have three convents in New York City, where they were founded, and mission convents in Leeds, England; in Drogheda, Ireland; and, as of August 15, 2017, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“Consecrated persons will be missionaries above all
by continually deepening their awareness of having been called and chosen by God,
to whom they must therefore direct and offer everything that they are and have,
freeing themselves from the obstacles which could hinder
the totality of their response.”
- Vita Consecrata, 25