The order because they have a direct interaction

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration is an active religious congregation. It is an active order because they have a direct interaction with the world than being secluded inside. In addition to prayer, they also devote themselves to the fine arts and have designed a theater program for elementary school children who were not privileged to have an art teacher. The sisters have also constructed a Fine Arts Center on their campus and it welcomes many performers each year. The Franciscan Sisters also advocate for many things such as Homelessness, Human Trafficking, and Immigration. Their primary Charism is to be a committed loving presence through prayer, witness and service. They commit themselves to building Christ’s Kingdom of justice and peace. They continue to preserve God’s creation to increase social and global consciousness to educate others in political awareness and to encourage others to take action to change effect when necessary. I believe The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration do follow the three Evangelical Counsels of Chastity, Obedience, and Poverty. They live this out by being sisters and not having any type of romantic relationship with others because they have given themselves to God. They live in obedience because they follow the Lord’s teachings and help others understand and follow the word of the Lord. They live in poverty because they do not worry about material things and focus more on helping those around them. This religious congregation is best known for being linked with their teaching apostolate at St. Jude School and Bishop Baumgartner Junior High School in Sinajana, and their health care work at the Catholic Medical Center in Hagåtña and Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning. The legacy of the Franciscan Sisters can be found not only in their educating thousands of students and in their work in health care. The sisters are also known for serving their community as nurses, lab technicians, volunteers, and so much more.  One thing that surprised me about this religious congregation is how involved they are with children and their education. I always had an idea that nuns usually focused in working in the church they belonged to and helped in hospitals. I never really imagined sisters being heavily involved in teaching children music, theater and even being nurses. I am glad I have read about the Franciscan sisters because I now have more of an idea of the amount of work and dedication sisters truly have in helping their community and its youth. 


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