Romania

 Romania is a land impressive for its natural beauty, rich in cultural heritage and with a turbulent history, which left behind its imprint until today.  So rich and eventful is also the story of our Congregation in Romania.

1930 –

1940

At the beginning of the 1930’s our Sisters were asked to lend their support for the German/Romanian of the Bukovina.  The Sisters lived in 4 communities in Franciscan simplicity after the Gospel and after the directive of our Foundress, Mother M. Clara Pfänder. During World War II, in 1940 the Sisters were expelled from Romania.  The first bloom of the community was nipped in the bud.

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1990/

1991

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After the political turnaround in 1990 our Sisters, through media reports, became aware again of the various needs in Romania.  Several appeals to missionary service caused their return in 1991, but this time in Banat.  They helped first a Franciscan Community, who for 40 years existed underground, to open new life.  At the same time the Sisters dedicated themselves in educational activities, in pastoral service and in the care of the sick, elderly and the poor.

1994

After some years of missionary assistance of the Sisters, totally unexpectedly young women asked for admittance to our Congregation.  In 1994 the first community in Caransebe? was opened and the beginning was made with Formation in the country.  Today’s composition of the communities of Romanian and German Sisters consists of more diverse age groups, coming from various regions, which brings a mutual enrichment.

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2000/

2002

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In the year 2000 the establishment of the first branch community in Temesvar as a house of study occurred, also with the task of the Diocesan youth pastoral and assistance in the care of the imprisoned.  In 2002 the first Romanian Sisters made their Final Profession.

2003

In 2003 the second branch community was established in Lipova. 

 

 

Since 2007 Romanian Sisters take part in leadership responsibilities.  Together they wish to be a Franciscan sign of unity, of openness and of understanding various cultures and generations, and together in love respond to the surrounding needs of the people.

 

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