November 24, 1844: Amalia Frances Rose Streitel born in Mellrichstadt, Germany.

1867: At age 23, Amalia receives Franciscan habit of Maria Stern, Franciscan order, and name “Sr Angela.”

1867-1880: Sr. Angela ministers with the community of Maria Stern.

1880: Sr. Angela experiences an interior prompting to leave and to go to Carmel; she receives the Carmelite habit in 1882 and the name “Petra.”

1882: After having a mystical experience in prayer before the Sacred Heart, and a vision of two mountains merging, Sister Petra realized God was calling her to begin a new task. She left Carmel.

1883: Father Jordan invites Mother Frances to Rome to collaborate on a women’s branch of the Teaching Society. She arrives in Rome on February 16. Though much effort was made, their collaboration clarified they had different charisms for the Church.

1883: Mother Frances begins the foundation for a new order, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Other women join her.

1884: Mother Frances and the Sisters shelter orphans in the Convent. Homecare to the sick in Rome begins.

1885: The Congregation receives the name: “Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.” Msgr. Jacquemin is appointed spiritual director.

May 15, 1890: Mother Frances arrives in the United States for the first time. She helps found St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan., St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis., and St. Mary’s Hospital in Menomonie, Wis.

1891: Mother Frances establishes St. Mary’s Hospital in Oshkosh, Wis. (now Mercy Hospital of Affinity Health System), and St. Mary’s Parish School in Aleppo, Kansas.

1893: Mother Frances helps found St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, Wis., and Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk, Wis.

1895: Mother Frances helps found St. Francis Health Resort in Denville, NJ.

1897: Mother Frances and the Sisters begin hospital work in Mankato, Minn.

1898: Mother Frances helps found St. Elizabeth Hospital in Wabasha, Minn.

1906: Mother Frances establishes an American motherhouse and novitiate in Marshfield, Wis.

March 6, 1911: Mother Frances dies in Castel Sant’Elia, Italy. The Congregation receives its official final approval as a papal Congregation of papal right on the day of her death.

March 27, 2010: Mother Frances Streitel receives the title “Venerable” by Pope Bendict XVI.



Read the Centenary Announcement from the General Superior

Take a virtual tour of Castel Sant’Elia in Italy, where Mother Frances spent her last days


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