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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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Jessica Adams – Social Media Assistant

Not even out of school yet and Jessica Adams has claimed her stake in the field of videography.

Jessica joined the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation in January 2017 as its social media assistant. Her abilities in videography were already well known. As part of her course of study at Neumann University, Jessica interned for the Franciscan Volunteer program in the fall of 2016. During that time, the foundation “borrowed” her to prepare two videos. Staff, sisters, and lay viewers alike were amazed at the results. Sr. Debbie Krist, director of the foundation, was quick to hire her for our social media program in which Jessica has excelled in putting together images and videos to help with fundraising efforts.

Now in her senior and final year at Neumann, Jessica is looking forward to completing her degree in communications and digital imaging. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t using her video talents. Along with the ongoing projects for the foundation, she is regularly busy with her own projects—videos and photography for weddings, events, and even a self-produced YouTube series. Word has been spreading very quickly that she’s the go-to-person when any photographic and video work is needed.

The foundation has greatly benefitted from Jessica’s talents. We urge everyone to keep tabs on the foundation’s webpage and Facebook posts to see her latest creations.

Sisters of St. Francis 23rd Annual Golf Tournament


Monday, October 2, 2017
11 A.M. Luncheon Buffet
12 P.M. Shotgun Start

New Price:  $250 per player

New Venue:  Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, Pennsylvania

New Contest:  Golf Ball Drop

Sponsorship opportunities available, click here for more information.

To register to golf or for more information, click here