Julie Franchi from USA says: "I came because the joy of the sisters I knew in high school attracted me."

I began my life as a Missionary Franciscan Sister fifty years ago. I came because the joy of the sisters I knew in high school attracted me. I stay because this lifestyle is a wonderful fit for me. I fall asleep at night, thanking God for my life, and knowing I am abundantly blessed by God.

I have lived in community with many holy women. We share our joys, sorrows, hopes, dreams, struggles and prayer in community. Each of us tries to listen to God’s call to us in the here and now, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus, as Francis of Assisi did many centuries ago. Community life can be a challenge, but peace and joy are its rewards.

I have had the opportunity to minister throughout the United States and in Bolivia in a variety of ministries, including education, foreign missions, religious education, administration, migrant ministry, campus ministry, parish work, and social services. Wherever I go I have found wonderful people!

Since September, 2011 I have been the Director of the Social Apostolate of Savannah, GA. Our mission is to help and try to empower people who are poor, homeless, disabled and at risk. With a small staff of six, about ninety volunteers, and many generous donors, we experience daily that God accomplishes great things through us, looks after us, and is present in the midst of our work.

The primary relationship in my life is my relationship with God, which I treasure and nourish through personal prayer, faith sharing, daily Mass, a yearly retreat, and many other opportunities to grow in holiness. God, my companion, is so very good to me! With Mary I rejoice, “God who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name”.