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Who Are We?

The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is a Private Association of the Faithful moving towards canonical recognition as a Religious Institute of Diocesan Right under the guidance of the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, IA.

We are a religious community of women who undertake the pursuit of evangelical perfection following the Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi.  We live an authentic religious life as defined for centuries and as still defined by the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican II documents and by our present Holy Father.  We live a life consecrated to God through our profession of the three evangelical counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Holy Obedience.  We also take a fourth vow of Fidelity to the Holy Father and to the Magisterium of the Church.  We live a fraternal life in common, sharing all spiritual and material goods, sharing a common prayer life, a common distinctive dress (a traditional habit) and common apostolates.

We are a contemplative-active community that strives to listen to God in solitude and silence, as we daily adore His Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist.  It is in the overwhelming and boundless love of Our Lord present to us in this most wondrous Sacrament that we are able to surrender our entire being in total consecration and sacrifice to Him in order to be His forever.  It is from this quiet time with Our Lord that we are able to go forth to do His work in the service of His Church.  It is only by His singular gift of Himself to us that we are able, in our human frailty, to be crucified with Him in our daily struggle to love as He has loved us. 



“I found Him Whom I love.  I held Him fast and would not leave Him”
(Song of Songs 3:4)


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