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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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Love is In the Air

February is a great month to show love. But it doesn’t have to be just for our families and friends. Those in need can use our love, also, and that love can be expressed by lending a helping hand. Anna’s Place, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis in Chester, Pennsylvania, gives voice to the voiceless, dignity to the oppressed, and safety to those who are vulnerable. Since the warmer weather is soon on the way, Anna’s Place needs four fans and an air conditioner to make the old building in which they are located have a comfortable atmosphere. Our fundraising goal for this equipment and its installation is $2,000. Show your love for your neighbors by your support now.  Click here if you can make a donation.


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