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Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement

About Us

Founded in the United States in 1898, we are a branch of the great Franciscan family and a missionary congregation which originated in the Anglican communion and was corporately received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1909. The congregation received definitive approval as a congregation of Pontifical right on June 13, 1935.

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The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, based in Garrison, New York, are a missionary congregation dedicated to promoting unity and reconciliation among all people. Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi and their founders, Mother Lurana White and Father Paul Wattson, they focus on serving the poor and marginalized through various ministries.

Ministry Work
The sisters are involved in diverse ministries, including operating the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, providing spiritual retreats, and supporting the homeless through the Lurana Shelter. Their work spans across the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, and Italy, focusing on healing, reconciliation, and ecumenical dialogue.

Daily Life and Mission
Daily life at Graymoor involves communal prayers, such as the Liturgy of the Hours and daily Mass, fostering a deep spiritual connection. The sisters balance contemplative prayer with active ministry, emphasizing their mission to serve Christ in the poor and promote unity. Their mission is to bring people together and witness to the Gospel through acts of charity, service, and ecumenical outreach.

Vision and Goals
The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement aim to foster spiritual growth, unity, and social justice. Through their ministries, they strive to transform lives and communities, promoting Gospel values. Their dedication to prayer, community life, and service ensures they remain a vibrant source of inspiration and support, working towards a world of peace and reconciliation.

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Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement





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