All roads lead to Rome – certainly for the Roman Catholic Church this is a reality. Today our Congregation has found its way to the Eternal City. In 2010 we were invited by Archbishop Mario Conti, to support the Staff and students of the Pontifical Scots College, journeying with them as the young seminarians discern their vocation to the Priesthood.
It is a small community, usually of four sisters, who serve in the areas of hospitality, supporting and caring for the students and for the many guests who visit the college, including the Scottish Bishops who are on official visits to Rome, as well as those priests who celebrate Silver and Golden Jubilees.
The sisters are part of the College family praying with them - the Franciscan charism is evident in lives built on prayer, interwoven with that of the students.
Unlike tourists who visit Rome and try their best to “squeeze in” two weeks of sight-seeing, the sisters have several years to enjoy the cultural, historical, and spiritual benefits that Rome has to offer.
This has meant that some of the sisters have had the pleasure and privilege of a private audience with the Holy Father – there are real benefits to being part of the Scots College!
As a Congregation founded in Scotland, the Franciscan Sisters have a special bond with the Pontifical Scots College which is both enriching and uplifting. When the students come home to Scotland for Ordination, the sisters join with them in celebrating this new part of the journey and in praying for them as they, and we continue