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The Clinton Franciscans

1982 NYC Peace March

The congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa, was founded in 1866 in Gethsemani, Kentucky. The community moved to Clinton, its current base, in 1893. The Clinton Franciscans, in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare and grounded in contemplation, are called to ongoing conversion and sent as instruments of God’s peace. Their mission is living and promoting active nonviolence and peacemaking. They have served throughout the United States, particularly in the Midwest and California, and internationally in the Bahamas and Peru. Their ministries are diverse: education, healthcare, parish ministry, peace/nonviolence initiatives, advocacy for social justice, restorative justice, and service to impoverished and marginalized persons. To learn more, visit


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