Blessed Mother Frances Schervier

blessed-mary-frances-schervierBorn 1819 – Died 1876
Feast DayDecember 15

Born the daughter of a wealthy needle-factory owner, Frances had a reputation for generosity to the poor from an early age.  Frances ran her father’s household at age 16 after the death of her mother and two older sisters to tuberculosis.  In 1844 she became a Secular Franciscan, and in 1845 she and four companions established a religious community devoted to caring for the poor.  This group, Sisters of the Poor of Saint Francis, was approved by their bishop in 1851.  Their first community in the United States was founded 1858, and Mother Frances visited in 1863 to help her sisters nurse wounded Civil War soldiers.  Mother Frances Schervier died Germany in 1876.

In 1959, the American province of the congregation become an independent congregation called the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.  Today, the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor are active in the United States, Brazil, Italy, Senegal, and the Philippines.

Mother Frances was beatified in 1974 by Pope Paul VI.  This is the third of four steps along the path to sainthood.

above information compiled from http://saints.sqpn.com/saintm57.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Frances_Schervier