Please fill out and submit the application below.  Please contact Sara P. Marks in the office for Franciscan Volunteers at if you have any questions.

All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Personal Information



Date of Birth:
Religious Denomination:
Do you have a driver’s License?

How did you hear about the Franciscan Volunteers?

Family Information

Names and Ages of Siblings


Beginning with the most recent, list all schools attended.

Name and Location Dates Attended Major/Minor Degrees or Certificates

Employment History:

List jobs held, including military service, starting with your most recent.

Employer Start and End Dates Position

Experiences, Activities, and Interests:

List some of your talents, hobbies, recreation, leisure activities.

Volunteer Experience:

Have you participated in any form of service/volunteer experience, i.e. day of service, immersion experience, volunteer program etc. Please share your experience/s.

Greater Philadelphia Area Ministry Sites:

Anna’s Place:

A Franciscan Hospitality Center sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Anna’s Place offers a welcoming atmosphere to the people in and around Chester, Pennsylvania, as they gather for activities that promote growth in mind, body, heart and spirit. In the Spirit of Jesus and in the tradition of St. Francis and Clare of Assisi all are welcome. (

Aquinas Center:

In Philadelphia, serving the immigrant and the stranger in South Philadelphia. Aquinas Center builds unity in diversity, supports learning, and inspires thoughtful action. Hospitality, solidarity, responsiveness, and transformation are the four core values that animate and advance this mission. (

The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s

in Wilmington, Delaware provides access to compassionate, culturally responsive emotional and behavioral health services that empower individuals and families. The Center offers bilingual services to support the Hispanic population of the City and provides services for the uninsured and under-insured. (

The Office of Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility involves monitoring the investment portfolio from a moral and ethical perspective and exercising our rights and responsibilities as shareholders to hold corporations accountable for their social and environmental policies and practices. Applicants for this ministry must have a degree in Business, Finance, Economics, or some comparable degree or experience.

Red Hill Farm

Owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is one of the sisters’ many environmental initiatives. Red Hill Farm is a six acre farm that provides food for its 120 members as well as for the Sisters of St. Francis. During the winter months (December-February) this position will work one day a week on the farm and the rest of the week at Assisi House, the retirement convent of the Sisters of St. Francis. Here the volunteer will engage in a ministry of presence among the wisdom figures of the congregation. (Facebook: Red Hill Farm, Sisters of St. Francis)


Please list three people you have asked to be a reference for you, they should be able to speak of your character and ability to participate in a year-long volunteer experience. Please include at least one Spiritual Reference. Please do not use a relative.

Spiritual Reference:


Your Choice 1:


Your Choice 2:


Essay Questions:

Please answer the following questions in one comprehensive essay (minimum 4 pages) OR as individual questions. All responses should be typed. Please use examples as much as you can—we just want to know more about you as an applicant.

  • Describe your reasons for applying to be a Franciscan Volunteer. What are your past experiences that have led you to apply? What do you hope to accomplish/gain by being a Franciscan Volunteer?
  • The Franciscan Volunteers is based on our four core values: Communal Living, Social Justice, Spirituality, and the Franciscan Tradition. Which of these values do you feel most drawn toward and why?
  • Franciscan Volunteers live in community, sharing household chores, meals, celebrations, prayer and more. What are your expectations and apprehensions of living in community?
  • What have been your experiences of personal and communal prayer? How would you describe your spirituality? What expectations and apprehensions might you have regarding community living?
  • What is your understanding of simple living? What do you think are the joys and/or challenges of living on a simple monthly stipend? What changes in your lifestyle would you have to make?
  • What do you most enjoy about interacting with other people and what is most difficult for you in forming relationships with others?
  • How do you deal with personal difficult/stressful situations? Do you prefer to talk with people, pray, journal, etc.? Please give examples.
  • How do you deal with conflict? Give an example of a time when you had a conflict with someone and how it was resolved.
  • What do you feel are the significant changes, events, or transitions in your family and in your life that may have shaped you?
  • Please add any other information you think would help us get to know you!

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