The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge were founded in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico by Venerable Maria Librada of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1897 on May 7th. Mother Librada began the sisterhood by caring for orphans and unwed mothers. The Sisters strive to live a life of love for God and neighbor by observing their vows of: Obedience, Poverty and Chastity. Their presence here greatly enhances the atmosphere of charity, prayer and work.