This movement was established by the FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF SIESSEN, IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCE. As they were reflecting on their charism on how St. Francis spread the good news to the whole world not only focusing on Catholics but on the entire people of God. The sisters saw the need of involving the youth in the mission of Christ suffering. As the youth were dying because of starvation and poverty, lack of education and etc., the sisters then brought the youth together to help them to empower themselves for a better future.


Our Father Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is among the many saints of our world who have made significant contributions to Christian Spirituality. As he was inspired by the love and humility of Jesus Christ.

The life of St Francis of Assisi is a life that gives true witness to the poverty and simplicity of the life of Christ as revealed in the Gospels. Francis dedicated his life to the evangelical practice of poverty. Francis’s vision of poverty had a profound influence on Christian spirituality with regard to the poverty of Christ and he attracted many followers who desired to live the same kind of life.

St Francis offers a challenge and an opportunity to us modern Christians to reflect upon the mystery of the incarnation of Christ as revealed in the Gospels. His sincere imitation of the incarnate word and the suffering messiah is an invitation for us Christians to devote ourselves to a life of spiritual growth through sharing and openness to the word of God as he did.

His life speaks for itself and continues to inspire many people who pursue a Franciscan way of life. His life is a true witness to discipleship way of living. Francis life is based on the Gospel teachings; the call to be poor and the universal recognition of our human kinship. Francis understood fraternity and the practice of poverty in the light of the gospel message and its revelation of the life of discipleship. ‘The Rule of St. Francis stressed poverty, humility and complete submission to the authority of the Church’.

With St. Francis of Assisi we see the beginning of a popular, apostolic movement that proclaims fidelity to the faith, obedience to ecclesiastical authority, and the conversion of people at all levels of society.