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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, OSFF@osfphila.org, to select a date and time for a group tour for at least six people. Tours may be scheduled Monday through Friday.)

For 2017 World Peace Day, Pope Asks to Focus on Nonviolence

popefrancis2013“At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our “deepest dignity,”[1] and make active nonviolence our way of life.
“This is the fiftieth Message for the World Day of Peace. In the first, Blessed Pope Paul VI addressed all peoples, not simply Catholics, with utter clarity. “Peace is the only true direction of human progress—and not the tensions caused by ambitious nationalisms, nor conquests by violence, nor repressions which serve as mainstay for a false civil order.” He warned of “the danger of believing that international controversies cannot be resolved by the ways of reason, that is, by negotiations founded on law, justice, and equity, but only by means of deterrent and murderous forces.” Instead, citing the encyclical Pacem in Terris of his predecessor Saint John XXIII, he extolled “the sense and love of peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love”. [2] In the intervening fifty years, these words have lost none of their significance or urgency.
“On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life. When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promotors of nonviolent peacemaking. In the most local and ordinary situations and in the international order, may nonviolence become the hallmark of our decisions, our relationships and our actions, and indeed of political life in all its forms.”  Read the Pope’s full message here.