Charism & Mission

We Clinton Franciscans, in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare and grounded in contemplation, are called to ongoing conversion and sent as instruments of God’s peace. Our mission is living and promoting active nonviolence and peacemaking.


The word "charism" refers to a special characteristic, or gift of spirit, which is distinctive to a religious congregation. As women religious, we inherit the charism of the founders of our individual congregations. More than spirituality, it is the founder's charism of service, spirituality, and sense of mission that lives on in the congregation which she/he founded.


As Clinton Franciscans, we look to the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi. As awareness of the importance of Saint Clare of Assisi to the Franciscan family grew, we also recognize her as part of our founding charism.


As members of the Third Order Regular of the Franciscan family, first known as Penitents, our particular charism is one of ongoing conversion. We are on a life-long journey of turning to God and learning to living nonviolently as sister to everyone and all of creation.  


Chapter Commitment Statement


Chapter, held every four years, is a meeting of the legislative body made up of representatives from the congregation. Chapter embodies the fundamental nature of community life: shared responsibility and mutual commitment.


Functions of Chapter include examining the life of the congregation in light of the gospel, the call of the Church, the call of St. Francis, the charism of the congregation, and the direction set by the previous Chapter. The Chapter also gives the congregation new impetus to meet the demands of its mission by creating together the direction for the next four years and by electing a Leadership Team who will lead the congregation.


A Chapter Commitment Statement is ordinarily developed which sets themes for action to be taken over the subsequent four years, reflecting how the mission can best be incarnated within the spirit of the times.


2016 Chapter Commitment Statement


Empowered by the fire of the Holy Spirit, we affirm our charism of ongoing conversion and rededicate ourselves to our mission of living and promoting active nonviolence and peacemaking.


Through shared leadership, we focus our efforts to co-create a world where all creation is held sacred.


We affirm our Corporate Stands:


  • Ending the death penalty
  • Supporting nuclear disarmament
  • Supporting comprehensive immigration reform
  • Opposing all forms of human trafficking            


Chapter Commitment Statement, Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa – July 15, 2016

Previous Chapter Commitment Statement


2012 Chapter Commitment Statement