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.

Experience the Franciscan Charism!


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 – October Reflection
Franciscan Reflection:  Compassion Through the Lens of Mercy

Pope Francis – “Misericordiae Vultus” – Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, April 11, 2015

“Jesus affirms that mercy is not only an action of the Father; it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who his true children are. In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offenses becomes the clearest expression of merciful love and for us as Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves. At times how hard it seems to forgive! And yet pardon is the instrument placed into our fragile hands to attain serenity of heart. To let go of anger, wrath, violence, and revenge is a necessary condition to living joyfully.”  Read more!