Vocations: Become a Sister

Why Become One of Us? Use your unique gifts to serve in the gaps and margins of our world. In a community of prayerful Franciscan women, living the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, you will join us in loving relationship with all that God has created. Be a part of something greater than yourself and respond to the spiritual and physical emptiness God calls us to fill.

Being a Sister

“What joy it is to have such good sisters!”    (Mother Francis Bachmann–Foundress)

What are you up to?


Are you looking for something fun? Interesting? Educational? Spiritual? Community-oriented? Challenging?

How about signing up for our one-week Summer Immersion Program? It is located in Tacoma, Washington, (you might be privileged and blessed to see some Orca whales in Puget Sound) and you will be working with the bee keeper from St. Leo’s Parish. You will live in community for a week, pray with Laudato Si, meet our sisters in the Tacoma area, view majestic Mt. Rainier, and much more. Click here for more information:

What about our year-long program (okay…about 11 months). You will live near our motherhouse in Aston, Pennsylvania, with other volunteers. Franciscan spirituality is central to the program. You usually minister four days per week and have the fifth day to reflect and integrate your experiences. Click here for more information:

How about becoming a companion? This is our associate relationship. Lay men and women commit to a year to be in relationship with us, serve with us as your time and interest allow, build community with us and other companions, and learn about and deepen your spirituality in the Franciscan tradition. Click here for more information:

Looking for a job or a volunteer opportunity? We minister with our staff and truly appreciate all they do with and for us. Click here page for a list of opportunities:

Need some quiet time? Check out our spirituality centers…we have one in Aston, Pennsylvania,  and one in Milwaukee, Oregon. Click here:, to find programs, retreats, etc. You can come for a day, a weekend, a week, or once a month. Spiritual direction is also available. If these aren’t your cup of tea, look for something in your parish or community where you can meet others who want to have a book club, Bible study, give service, etc. the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center has great resources for this.

Come get to know us—be in relationship with us as we bring hope and joy to those in need by working for justice in the areas of human rights and environmental concerns.