Vocations: Become a Sister

Why Become One of Us? Share Franciscan hope and joy by living as sister to all, using 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 God, one another and all that God has created. Become a part of something greater than yourself, following Christ in the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, as we promote justice and peace with emphasis on human dignity, integral ecology, and reverencing all as a reflection of God’s abundant love.

Being a Sister

“What joy it is to have such good sisters!”    (Mother Francis Bachmann–Foundress)

Did You Know?


Did you know that there is a distinctive “Franciscan” style of discernment?”

We will offer our next online Life Decisions/Discernment in the Franciscan Spirit retreat via Zoom on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 12 to 6 P.M. Eastern and 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Pacific.  We are offering a Sunday option this time to meet the needs of potential participants. This well-received online retreat remains open to women and men discerning any major life decision (vocation, relationships, faith, education, job, volunteer year, relocating, etc.).  Sr. Diane Tomkinson will guide participants through a Franciscan discernment process that can assist with their own unique life choices.
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The Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia and our companions have responded to Pope Francis’ call to integral ecology by committing ourselves to the seven-year journey of developing and implementing a Laudato Si’ Action Plan. As part of Catholic Sisters Week in March 2022, we shared a series of posts on our social media describing how care for all people and all creation has long been a part of our Franciscan mission. We invite you to click on the link below to read about some of the many ways our sisters and companions are living out our corporate stand on Care for Creation and our commitment to the seven goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Plan.

CSW Posts/Goals

Catholic Forum – Conversation with Sr. Diane Tomkinson

On the June 18 Catholic Forum, tune-in to hear an interview with our sister, Sr. Diane Tomkinson, and learn about her work with young adult Catholics as charism engagement minister.  Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington.  Sr. Diane lives in a local community of our sisters in Wilmington, Delaware. (near St. Anthony of Padua parish and St. Francis Hospital). Our sisters have a rich history in the diocese, serving in various ministries in and around Wilmington for well over a century.

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