The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia is a community of approximately 430 Catholic women religious who choose a Gospel way of life lived in community and uphold a long and honored tradition of loving God and being in relationships through loving service.

Where We Are Today

Along our journey, we have sought to be faithful to Mother Francis’ goal of serving the people of God wherever a need existed.  Today our sisters minister in the United States in approximately 19 states as well as in Ireland and Africa. We serve in a variety of ministries and settings: prayer ministry; health care; education at all levels; parish and diocesan ministry; spiritual and pastoral care; service to the elderly, the homeless, the poor, persons with AIDS, and immigrants and refugees; counseling; advocacy; and leadership in national religious organizations.

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Interested in touring our Motherhouse?

On the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1 P.M., a short historical presentation and tour of the first floor buildings and chapel is conducted.  If you are interested in a tour, please call the receptionist at (610) 459-4125 to provide your name and phone number in case we need to cancel, and the number of family members or friends who will attend.

Your hosts will be Sr. Kathleen Parisi, OSF, and several other sisters who live at the motherhouse.  (If Tuesday is not a good day for you, you can contact Sr. Kathleen at (610) 558-7714,, to select a date and time for a group tour for at least six people. Tours may be scheduled Monday through Friday.)

Logo for Holy Year of MercyJubilee Year of Mercy – November Reflection
Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

During this month we officially bring closure to the Year of Mercy. How fitting for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia that we also celebrate the birthday of our foundress, Mother Francis Bachmann, on November 14. When we revisit her life, we are reminded of how deeply she embraced the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

As children we learned to recite the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in our religion/catechism classes. Now, as adults, we are called to put these works of mercy into practice because we believe that, “Mercy is the Beating Heart of the Gospel.”  Read more!