The Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) is a Catholic religious community of women that was founded in 1888 in Kerala, India. The FCC came to the Diocese of Mendi almost twenty years ago. Since then, they have served in many different ministries in Mendi, Irawi, Komo, Tari, Margarima: teachers, administrators, pastoral workers, office workers, Diocesan Pastoral Center, etc.
Recently, Sr Litty, FCC, the Mother Superior of the Changanacherry Province of the FCC travelled from India to Komo in the Hela Province of PNG to inaugurate a special new program. Seven PNG women were welcomed as the first candidates to prayerfully consider a vocation to become the very first Papua New Guinean FCC Sisters. Two FCC Sisters have been assigned to accompany these new candidates in this gradual process of religious and personal formation.
Clues to the charism of the FCC can be found in their very name. They are inspired two great saints of the Catholic Church... Saint Francis of Assisi (+1226) and Saint Clare of Assisi (+1253), both embraced an ascetical though joyful life dedicated to bringing the gospel of Jesus to life in real and practical ways and of caring for the marginalized and poor.
These brave PNG women face many obstacles ahead, from family pressures to social instability, etc. Please pray that God will strengthen them and that the Holy Spirit will enlighten and guide them on this new and exciting journey.