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SanDam3.gif (58457 bytes)Charism Statement

Like Francis of Assisi and Magdalen Damen,
we trust God's goodness and providence,
living the Gospel in our time with gentle courtesy toward all creation.


Mission Statement

We are women choosing to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as Sisters of St. Francis in the spirit of our foundress, Magdalen Damen.

Our diversity of gifts is a power we choose to use for and with others because we are sisters to all.

Conscious of our personal, communal, and national experience of history, sin, and grace, we, as people of God, commit ourselves to human rights, ecological harmony, and global peace.

Wherever we live and serve, we contemplate the Word of God and call one another to conversion of heart in order to transform unjust structures and to hear the cry of the poor.

Trusting in God and open to risk, we walk with courage.                                            

Stella Niagara Franciscans

An international congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, was founded in 1835 in the Netherlands by Mother Magdalen (Catherine) Damen.

The presence of the congregation in the United States dates from 1874, when the first three missionary Sisters, accompanied by General Superior Mother Aloysia Lenders, arrived in Buffalo, New York.

Today there are 10 provinces with central administration in Rome, Italy. The United States Provinces are located in Denver, Colorado, Sacred Heart Province (Marycrest), Redwood City, California, St. Francis Province (Redwood City) and Stella Niagara, NY, Holy Name Province. The United States provinces sponsor missions in Chiapas, Mexico and Tanzania, East Africa.  The Sisters of Stella Niagara minister in New York, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, New Mexico and Florida.

The sisters have launched a common web site for the North American Provinces and mission. This can be viewed at

The Advancement Office of the Sisters of St. Francis of Holy Name Province raises awareness and financial support to help care for infirm and older sisters, and to support their ministries in the United States and missions in Africa and Mexico where they commit themselves to human rights, ecological harmony, and global peace.

If you live in the United States and would like to make a donation online to Holy Name Province, it can be made on a secure page of the Franciscan Way Website by clicking Otherwise, please call or mail your check, payable to the Sisters of St. Francis, to the address below.

Barbara Johnson

Director of Advancement Sisters of St. Francis of Holy Name Province, Inc.

4421 Lower River Road

Stella Niagara, NY 14144-1001


Information on Mass and Memorial cards can be found by clicking on this link: Mass and Memorial Cards

A nine and a half minute video on the sisters is posted on YouTube. Click here to view.

Good News (the newsletter of Holy Name Province)

Click here to download a PDF version of the Autumn 2013 Good News

Spring 2013 Good News

Autumn 2012 Good News

Spring 2012 Good News

Autumn 2011 Good News

Spring 2011 Good News

The Autumn 2010 Good News

The Spring 2010 Good News



Contact Information

Telephone    716-754-4311

Fax    716-754-7657

Postal address    4421 Lower River Rd.

                                 Stella Niagara, NY 14144


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