“Let Love be the Queen, the Rule, the spirit and the Life of the Congregation”
– Mother Clara Pfaender, Foundress

OUR INTERNATIONAL CONGREGATION

The Wheaton Franciscans are the United States Region of an international congregation, the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary also have communities located in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Indonesia, and Brazil and serve in missions located in Malawi, East Timor, and Romania. The international congregational offices are based in Rome, Italy.

Our international congregation is led by our General Directress and the General Council. The General Directress and her Council are responsible for promoting unity in the Congregation, deepening Franciscan spirituality, and fostering the charism of our foundress. The General Directress also represents the Congregation before Church and civil authorities.

 

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WHEATON FRANCISCAN SISTERS, DAUGHTERS OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY ANNOUNCE NEW CONGREGATION LEADERSHIP

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It is with hearts filled with joy that we announce the newly elected General Council or our international congregation, Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Elected to serve for the next six years are Sr. M. Magdalena Schmitz (Sacred Heart Province of Germany) as General Directress, Sr. M. Emmanuela Sitorus (Immaculate Conception Province of Indonesia) as Assistant General Directress, and Sr. M. Evifania Sinaga (Immaculate Conception Province of Indonesia) and Sr. Mariana Mutiu (Sacred Heart Province of Germany/Romania Area) as General Councilors.            

“Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the outgoing General Council,” said Sister Melanie.  Sr. M. Magdalena Schmitz, General Directress, Sr. Alice Drewek, Assistant General Directress, Sr. Johanna Harke, General Councilor, and Sr. M. Emmanuela Sitorus, General Councilor were elected to serve from 2015 to 2021, but they graciously extended their services an extra year because of the Covid pandemic.

The General Chapter delegates also approved the following statement to provide inspiration and direction for the congregation over the next six years.

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