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)

Discernment - Franciscan Style


Discernment is key to discovering where God is calling you to use your gifts, talents, and interests in service to God, God’s people, and creation. There are many models for discerning how to respond. The Franciscan discernment process is grounded in balance and harmony and seeks beauty. Discernment is always about choosing between goods. There are commonalities in all discernment processes. The difference in the various processes is the perspective or lens through which one approaches discernment. As Franciscans, we look at life not as something to be solved such as a puzzle but as an opportunity to find and co-create beauty in our own lives and the lives of others.

Discernment in the Franciscan Spirit:

1. Be expansive and inclusive!

2. Emotions are morally relevant!

3. Be Creative!

4. Be Faithful!

5. Know when to act!

Contact Sr. Christine at cstill@osfphila.org if you would like to participate in the next day-long discernment retreat online.