Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Conception
86 Saracen Street
Glasgow
G22 5AD
Tel: 0141 336 3027
Fax: 0141 336 4096
Charity No SC 006881 7109

 
Our Spiritual Roots : Our Foundresses
 
 
Our Congregation, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception was founded in 1847, in Glasgow, by Sr Adelaide Vaast and Sr Veronica Cordier who came from the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels, Tourcoing, in response to a plea from the Church in Glasgow for Sisters to teach the poor children of their parishes.

Within the first few years of ministering in Glasgow, Adelaide caught cholera leaving Veronica as the sole remaining Foundress of the congregation.

The congregation was established in Glasgow, Scotland as an apostolic institute and follows the Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St Francis.

At the request of Pope Pius IX, who approved our first Constitutions in 1854 - the year in which he proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception - we honour our Blessed Lady in her Immaculate Conception as our special patroness and are known as Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.


As Sisters in the Franciscan penitential tradition, we commit ourselves to live out our public profession of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, in community ever striving for a fuller expression of our baptismal call to conversion. As members we strive to dedicate ourselves to a life of mission and evangelisation as we seek new and different ways to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
 
Our Franciscan Emblem


Our emblem, which is worn by all Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, sums up our way of life.

The clothed arm of Francis supports that of Christ on the cross, identifying with and sharing his suffering. Around the cross is the traditional Franciscan cord.

The three knots symbolize the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. At the foot of the cross is Francis’ own motto, shared by all Franciscans: My God and My All.
Veronica's vision and hope was that her Sisters would always be ready to respond to the needs of the local Church, particularly in its pastoral service of the poor and needy.

After the example of St Francis who constantly encouraged his friars to begin again, the essence of our life as Franciscans lies in our commitment to a life of continuous conversion and renewal. The fundamental Franciscan values of conversion, contemplation, poverty and minority lie at the heart of our spirituality.
Prayer to our Foundresses

Loving servants of God,
and daughters of St. Francis,
obtain for us, we pray,
the grace to be faithful to the ideals,
which let you to found
our Franciscan family.

Pray for us,
that in the spirit of St. Francis,
we may always strive
to be kind,
compassionate,
forgetful of self,
and seek only the good of souls,
through Christ, Our Lord.