Saint Francis instructed his Brothers, “I worked with my hands, and I still desire to work; and I earnestly desire all brothers to give themselves to honest work.”
Following the spirit of Saint Francis, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist see manual work as an opportunity to be co-creators with God in making the world a more ordered place. It is an opportunity to engage with creation in challenging, productive and energetic ways so as to become more human, as Pope John Paul II teaches in his encyclical “On Human Work.” Work provides a setting for the release of physical and emotional energy and for collaborating with others in creative, relational ways to solve problems, create something new, bring disorder into order or to enjoy the rewarding process of cleaning up a particular mess.
The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist are practiced in making hard work a normal part of their religious life. Not only is manual labor important to community development, but professional and intellectual work is valued as critical to our apostolic efforts. Sisters are trained professionally for the works they are involved in and are expected to keep current with trends, events and research in their fields.