The Venerable Mother Frances Streitel

Mother Frances Streitel, Foundress of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, was born Amalia Frances Rose Streitel on November 24, 1844. Her family had a sincere love for God and neighbor and cared for the poor, sick and needy.

She was called to religious life and after years of ministry had a vision of bringing two mountains of spirituality together: Alverno, representing activity, and Carmel, representing contemplation. Based on this vision was the origin of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, a Franciscan community.

Since that day, more than 125 years ago, the Sisters have founded, worked at and sponsored more than 100 hospitals, eldercare homes, schools and other community centers where people in need can find care and comfort.

Today, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother are a community of religious women who use their skills and talents to bring fuller life to others, by empowering the poor through providing the gifts of God's love.The Sisters share hope through teaching, helping and healing. They live simply, give generously, and have a deep respect and loving concern for others and all of Creation.

In essence, the Sisters, like their Foundress Mother Frances, are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


Books and brochures about the life of Mother Frances Streitel.


The cause for her beatification has been introduced in the Church, leading to canonization.


Favorite quotes from Mother Frances about religious life.

SSM Today

The Sisters today continue the charism, uniting the active life with the contemplative.