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The Sisters of St. Francis Foundation was created to provide support for the sisters’ ministries, their retirement, and other designated needs. With the help and support of the foundation’s board of trustees, the foundation seeks to develop methods of raising funds that increase awareness of the sisters’ ministries and enhance the congregation’s presence in communities through the United State and around the world.

Why Do the Sisters of St. Francis Need a Foundation?

Prior to 1994 the congregation did not engage in formal fundraising efforts.  By the early 1990s, circumstances warranted that the Sisters of St. Francis introduce a department specifically tasked to raise funds in order that the congregation could continue to fund sponsored and cosponsored ministries as well as to meet the sisters’ retirement needs.

Mary Vandergeest, OSF, Foundation Executive Director (2000-2016)
Philip Leach, Foundation Board Chair (2011-Present)

We Consider Fundraising a Ministry

“Fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission.”

Henri J. M. Nouwen – A Spirituality of Fundraising


For more information about the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation contact:

Deborah Krist, OSF
Director of Mission Advancement
Sisters of St. Francis Foundation
609 S. Convent Road
Aston, PA 19014
(610) 558-7713
(610) 558-5357 (fax) 

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Monthly Need

The Sisters of St. Francis started the Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain program in 2015. This program aims to share the Franciscan charism with lay women and men through a blending of spirituality, ministry, and living simply in community. Ministry sites where our volunteers have served those in need are Anna’s Place in Chester, Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s in Wilmington, Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, and our own Assisi House and Red Hill Farm.

Franciscan Volunteers is completely funded through donations and grants. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and grant funding, the second year of the volunteers program was fully funded and is now coming to a close.

As we look forward to beginning with a new group of volunteers in August 2017, once again we seek your generous support to help with housing our volunteers with a cost of $20,000. Click here if you can help.

2nd Annual Franciscan Night

Franciscan Night Invitation2017

Join us for the 2nd Annual Franciscan Night at Our Lady of Angels Convent! Spend the evening mingling with the Sisters of St. Francis while sampling delicious food from Caffé Gelato or sit at one of our nine gaming tables to try your hand at Blackjack, Poker, Craps, or Roulette. As part of the entry fee, each guest will be given $50 in chips.  Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to play. The experienced dealers will guide you through the rules of the games. While no cash prizes will be awarded to our guests, there are fabulous prize baskets to be won.

Not interested in gaming? No problem! You can take a chance on more than 40 gorgeous raffle baskets as well as our mystery Big Card Draw! Winning can be fun whether through a game or a raffle.

Proceeds from this event will directly benefit our retired sisters in Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania, and St. Ann’s Convent in Tacoma, Washington.

Sponsorship opportunities available, click here for more details.  Click here to register.

For more information about this event, contact Sr. Deborah Krist at (610) 558-7713 or at