his is the Rule and life of the Friars Minor, namely: to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without property and in chastity. Friar Francis promises obedience and reverence to Pope Honorius and his canonically elected successors, and to the Roman Catholic Church.” (Rule of St. Francis, Ch. 1)

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Like the Seraphic Father St. Francis, the Franciscans of the Immaculate strive to be perfectly conformed to the poor, humble, crucified Jesus through a life of charity, supernatural charity and poverty. They are totally consecrated to the Immaculate Virgin after the recent example offered by St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe.

A community of prayer, of poverty, of penance, in the spirit of total consecration to the Immaculate Virgin in the manner of St. Maximilian Mary, so that She may transform us, like St. Francis, into Jesus Crucified, and may let us be consumed in the conquest of all souls for God.

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Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate are a contemplative-active Religious Institute of Pontifical Rite founded by Father Stefano Maria Manelli and Father Gabriele Maria Pellettieri. They are the first female religious Institute in the history of the Church to observe the First Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi.

What distinguishes this Institute from others is the Marian Vow of Unlimited Consecration to the Immaculate that animates and permeates the three classic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. This gives a ‘Marian flavor’ to our entire life.

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Poor Clares of the immaculate

Cling to His most sweet Mother, who gave birth to a Son whom the heavens could not contain; and yet she carried Him in the little enclosure of her holy womb and held Him on her virginal lap… As the glorious Virgin of virgins carried Him physically, without a doubt you too, by following in her footprints, especially those of poverty and humility, can always carry Him spiritually in your chaste virginal body, holding Him by Whom you and all things are held together…” (from St. Clare’s Third Letter to St. Agnes of Prague)

The Poor Clares of the Immaculate were officially erected by a decree of the Holy See on May 8, 2002. They now have three monasteries, with a total of about 60 nuns. Together with the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate, they are part of a single religious family, united by the same founders, the same Marian-Franciscan spirituality and the same Vow of Total Consecration to Our Lady. Our common goal is to bring a new springtime of grace and holiness to the Church by returning to the origins of the Seraphic Order, founded at the little Church of St. Mary of the Angels, which St. Francis lovingly rebuilt with his own hands.

The Poor Clares of the Immaculate live according to the original Rule of our Holy Mother Clare, with no mitigations, and the Traccia Mariana, a document drawn up by our founder, Fr. Stefano M. Manelli, which gives clear indications on how to faithfully live out the charism of Sts. Francis and Clare in the modern world, following the example and teachings of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe. They wear a grey-blue habit (like the friars and sisters), with a sky-blue veil and the Miraculous Medal worn over the breast.

The three existing monasteries are located in Italy, but young women from other parts of the world (including the U.S.A.) have begun to enter the Order as well, which gives us hope that in a few years’ time they will begin to found monasteries in other countries, and on other continents.

Our Patron Saints are:
  • St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • St. Clare of Assisi
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe
  • St Pio of Pietrelcina