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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.

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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Carly Petitdemange: A Creative Talent from Next Door

How does a young woman come to work for the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation? It helped that Charlotte (Carly) Petitdemange is a student at Neumann University, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Her major course of study in communications and digital media means she has the perfect background for the foundation’s new media/communications assistant.

Being a sophomore at Neumann will provide Carly with at least a few years of work and experience prior to graduating and launching her own career. But just because Carly is still in school does not mean that she can’t move forward with any of her future plans. Even now, Carly—who loves photography and video work—has jobs lined up to photograph and video a few weddings. In fact, she has been perfecting her skills with photography and video since she began high school.

Carly was born and raised in New Jersey and got her start in communications at The Communications Academy at Woodstown High School. She does have roots in the area, however. Her father grew up in Aston and remembers skateboarding as a boy in the Neumann parking lot. Her mother grew up not far from here in Delaware.

Though Carly has been here only a short while, she loves the idea of being able to create photos and videos that help people understand who the sisters are and what they do. She will have plenty of opportunities for this as she composes, posts, and tweets about events and the needs of the sisters and their ministries. The foundation staff looks forward to a successful chapter in Carly’s life as well as the foundation’s!

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