Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation
Inspiring Hope and Supporting Empowerment to Transform Lives
Sister Licia Mazzia, SFP
Sister Licia holds a doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Bari. She trained in Vocational Formation with the Department of Educational Sciences at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome and she is licensed in the Theology of Consecrated Life by the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. She served as director of Membership Development for the Temporarily Professed Sisters in the Italian area. She also worked for the welfare of immigrant women, particularly victims of human trafficking and led activities for young people. Most recently Sister Licia served as Second Councilor, Congregation Treasurer and Foundation Treasurer and is a member of the Board of Directors of Franciscans International, the Franciscan NGO to the United Nations.
Sister Marvi Delrivo, SFP
Sr. Marvi has a BA in Psychology from the University of Padua (Italy); she holds a diploma in Religious Studies and a diploma from the Higher Institute for Formation at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. She has served in the Youth and Vocational Ministry, in the formation ministry for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Italy and Senegal and has taught psychology within the formation to inter-congregational Religious Life in Italy and Senegal. Sr. Marvi has also ministered to people affected by AIDS.
Sister Giannica Selmo, SFP
Sr. Giannica holds a degree in Communication Sciences from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. She served as Director of Communication for the Italian Area and a director of the webpage and Communication Committee for the UISG (International Union of Superiors General-women) and the USG (Union of Superiors General-men). She has also worked with engaged couples and family ministry.
Sr. Maria Helena Carvalho, SFP
Congregational Councilor for Brazil
Born and educated in Brazil, Sister Maria Helena holds a degree in Social Work from the Catholic University in Goiania, Goias Brazil. She has worked with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor job training program for young girls, women’s empowerment and youth programs
Sr. Marina Triglia, SFP
Congregational Councilor for Italy
Sr. Marina earned a graduate degree in Religious Science at the Institute for Religious Studies in Florence and a Diploma in formation at the Institute for Formation of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She has been Vocation Director, Director of the Formation of the Novices, Pre-Novices and Young Professed in the Italian Area. She has worked in the Youth Pastoral and as a Religion teacher in Italian state schools.
Sister Marie Augustine Ndione SFP
Congregational Councilor for Senegal
Sr. Marie Augustine earned a degree in Psychopedagogy and a diploma as Health Operator in Rome, Italy. She has taken courses in Franciscan Spirituality at the Antonianum Pontifical Athenaeum and courses in Missiology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University of Rome. In Senegal, she has worked in the field of education as Instructional Director and has managed construction projects for the building of schools and kindergarten. She has been part of the Franciscan International Congregational Committee on Justice and Peace between Senegal and Guinea Bissau.
Sister Marilyn Trowbridge, SFP
Congregational Councilor for the United States.
A Family Nurse practitioner,Sister Marilyn earned a Masters degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. She received certificates in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from St.Louis University, Mercy Center in Burlingame, California and the Shalom Institute. She has served the Congregation in leadership and formation. In addition, Sister Marilyn has served the broader community in Parish Nursing and holistic wellness programming.