"As women of the church, in union with the spirit of Christ, we dedicate our lives and our gifts to the ecclesiastical mission, the mission of Jesus, by living the gospel message in community."
- Constitutions and Directives, Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa
Vowed Members of the Clinton Franciscans make the public vows of chastity,
poverty, and obedience and rely on their liberating power to sustain us in
our mission. Our religious profession enables us to respond to the needs of
others through compassionate service.
is a sacred promise to live for God alone, to serve God's people and to live
our lives according to the Third Order
Rule of St. Francis.
the vow of chastity
, we choose
Jesus Christ to be our first love.
This choice frees us to meet the challenge of loving every
person. Jesus Christ is the model of
that freedom which governs out relationships and directs our choices.
(Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton Iowa, Constitutions and Directives, No.11)
the vow of poverty
, we choose
dependence on God for who we are and what we have. As we receive with gratitude the treasure
that is Jesus Christ, we forego the independent use and disposal of material
goods. This choice frees us from
dependence on status and wealth to share in the riches of Christ as we
respond to the needs of the church and of the world. (Sisters of St. Francis,
Clinton Iowa, Constitutions and Directives, No.16)
the vow of obedience
, we choose to
submit our energies, our talents and our entire lives to the guidance of the
Holy Spirit. This choice frees us to continue the mission of Jesus. (Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton Iowa,
Constitutions and Directives, No.26)
of November, 2015, there are 55 Vowed Members of the Clinton Franciscans.
you are curious about how one becomes involved with this dynamic
congregation, we urge you check out our Join Us
get in touch with one of the Sisters, contact our Administrative Office at
563-242-7611 or use the Contact Us