As sponsors, we publicly identify with, exert appropriate influence on, and provide various levels of support to these ministries. In so doing, we fulfill our responsibility of stewardship for our heritage, mission, and resources.
During her early years in the congregation, Sr. John Celeste Weitzel ministered in education but later studied to be a physical therapist. When she moved from Baltimore to the Aston area in November 2015, she came with a dream—to work with our sisters at Assisi House who were not getting PT for a specific problem.
Volunteers live together in an intentional community where they give mutual support to one another, share their experience of the ministries they serve, and work toward building open and honest relationships. Volunteers work together to set community goals and challenge one another to live simply in solidarity with those with whom they minister.
Volunteers have the opportunity to grow in understanding the systemic change necessary to address issues of poverty and injustice through the ministries in which they engage and their participation in the program. Volunteers will join the Sisters of St. Francis in becoming a voice for positive change in our world.
Volunteers have the time to grow deeper in their spirituality and prayer through reflection and retreat opportunities. In sharing prayer and community with each other and the Sisters of St. Francis, volunteers will challenge themselves and each other to put their faith—rooted in contemplation—into action.
The Franciscan Tradition
Volunteers are immersed in the Franciscan tradition through retreats, workshops, daily living, and interactions with the Sisters of St. Francis. The Franciscan tradition follows the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi who imitates the life of Jesus in the Gospel. Volunteers will grow in understanding how we are called to live the Gospel message in today’s world.