The three T's in the center connect us to our Mother Foundress, Mother Maria Hyacintha Zechner. In the beginning years of the Congregation (early 1700's), the Sisters marked special things with the T's to honor Mother Hyacintha's own mother - Theresia Triebenbacher, Tertiary (tertiary meant that she belonged to the 3rd Order of St. Francis).
The T's also represent the Franciscan tau. We strive to live the Franciscan spirit and to allow the Gospel to transform our hearts.
The book represents our love for and commitment to the Gospels, The catechism we live and teach, the rule of St. Francis, and the many books used in evangelization.
"School Sisters of St. Francis" is our short name that we have used for decades. We are strongly considering updating our name to be the "Franciscan Sisters of Christ the Light". We are Franciscan Sisters first with the desire to bring the Light of Christ to all we can, through encounter, prayers, and love. "Christ the Light" was chosen because we were founded on bringing light to people's lives through the Gospels and other aspects of the Franciscan life. Today we also enjoy helping souls find a deeper meaning in their lives through the beauty of the Theology of the Body and Healing.
We want to be the Face of Christ Today to everyone we know and meet and can touch through Divine Providence. We want to Become the Gospel through transformation of our hearts and lives. This is the Franciscan spirit.
Following our foundress, Mother Maria Hyacintha Zechner, the foundation of our consecrated lives is to be totally Franciscan. This is our identity. It takes a new “yes” every day to try to live in the spirit of St. Francis as beloved daughters of God and it takes a lifetime.
As consecrated women religious, we have ministered in education and evangelization according to the needs of the times for 300 years. We especially drawn to Theology of the Body and Healing.
In this light, we want to follow Jesus in the spirit of St. Francis and bring His Light to every person we encounter. We want to be the Face of Christ to people all around us. We want to become the Gospel.