A Missionary Congregation of Women Religious


Founded in the United States in 1898, we are a branch of the great Franciscan family and a missionary congregation which originated in the Anglican communion and was corporately received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1909. The congregation received definitive approval as a congregation of Pontifical right on June 13, 1935.

We minister to the people of God to witness and share the truth about the Kingdom.

In Franciscan simplicity and joy, we serve the poor as we strive to empower those who are neglected or oppressed. We remain open to other ministries that respond to the needs of our times.

We recognize and support our diversity and giftedness. We accomplish this through a shared life of at-one-ment that nurtures and encourages each Sister to live the fullest expression of Christian love.


We are women religious who are called by God through our congregation and the church to witness to his continuing Presence in this world.

Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and inspired by the example of    St. Francis and our founders, we strive to imitate Christ.

As missionaries, we are sent to serve Christ in his poor and to bring all people into union with the Father.

Through prayer and ministry, we proclaim the Gospel seeking to fulfill the prayer of Jesus 'that all may be one' (John 17:21).  Our Sisters minister around the world, bringing unity and healing to a broken world.  

Real joy is found in the atonement of Jesus Christ and the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi:  peace, reconciliation and unity.  We strive to be instruments of justice and peace wherever we labor in building up the Body of Christ.


Who we are

"We could not be true Franciscans without being missionaries.  Therefore, the missionary aspect of our vocation is a very important one, one by which we come rightly.  By this, we cover work among the poor in our great cities, and in rural districts both in this country and in foreign fields." ~ Mother Lurana

Following in the spirit of St. Francis and our founders, Mother Lurana and Father Paul, we are missionaries who witness to Gospel values in our lives.  Our ministry consists of prayer and apostolic service for the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer 'that all may be one ... that the world may believe that you sent me'  (John 17:21-23).

We currently minister within the USA, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan and the Philippines.
For more information about our ministries, e-mail us at:  atonementsisters@graymoor.org

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       Mass Schedule*

Our masses

St. Francis Convent(Motherhouse)
Main Reception Desk Tel. (845) 424-3625 

Monday - Friday, 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
*Mass schedule may be altered for
Feast Days or Sisters' Funerals

Mass at St. John's Church 

(Foundation site of the Society
of the Atonement)

Open to the Public
Sunday morning
Mass, 10:00 a.m.

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