Holiness and discipline in Peru
Today, 125 years after its foundation, the female religious congregation of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception has the most vocations of any religious order in Peru, with 30 houses and 37 other institutions, including schools, homes for the elderly and day care centers.
These sisters, also present in Colombia and Italy, now number a total of 556 consecrated religious. Those with an evangelising, apostolic and fraternal spirit are teaching the world the love of God, and, with their religious habit, their very presence in the streets is a living testimony to Christ and an open invitation to others to draw close to the Church.
For the current year Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has given $42,200 to cover the cost of three courses for 300 formators and superiors and other religious sisters in Peru. The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception are immensely grateful for the aid given by ACN for these courses, which they see as fundamental. The courses enable them to revive a sense of day to day holiness and stress the importance of having a personal goal and using this goal to mould the spirit through discipline in order to attain it. The courses also teach the importance of ascesis, of renouncing some things in order to grow and develop in the search for a higher good.