Mother Frances Streitel founded the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, a Franciscan congregation. 

Mother Frances was born Amalia Frances Rose Streitel on November 24, 1844. Her family had a sincere love for God and neighbor and cared for the poor, sick and needy. Read the story of her childhood here.

She was called to religious life and after years of ministry had a vision of bringing two mountains of spirituality together: Alverno, representing activity, and Carmel, representing contemplation. Based on this vision was the origin of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Through a dedicated life of apostolic service, vitalized by a contemplative spirit, the Sisters care for those in need, especially the poor.

Since that day, more than 125 years ago, the Sisters have founded, worked at and sponsored more than 100 hospitals, eldercare homes, schools and other community centers where people in need can find care and comfort.

Today, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother are a community of religious women who use their skills and talents to bring fuller life to others, by empowering the poor through providing the gifts of God's love, including education, healthcare and other assistance to people in various countries.

In essence, the Sisters, like their foundress Mother Frances, are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

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The Venerable Mother Frances Streitel
The Sisters share hope through teaching, helping and healing. Inspired by the Foundress, they live simply, give generously, and have a deep respect and loving concern for others. 
Read the Centenary Announcement from the General Superior

Take a virtual tour of Castel Sant'Elia in Italy, where Mother Frances spent her last days
See the YouTube video that shows how the Sisters support Mother Frances' charism