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.
“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.”
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) 558-5357 (fax)
From Ireland to Aston, Pennsylvania to Portland, Oregon—that was the beginning of Sr. Carmel Molloy’s journey when she entered and first became professed as a Sister of St. Francis in the early 1960s. Sr. Carmel then spent the next 24 years teaching in the States of California and Washington.
In 1986 she accepted a ministry where her skills and those of two other sisters were challenged to meet the needs of the poor and others on the Island of Antigua. The island sustained a severe blow to its economy in the early 80s. By the time Sr. Carmel and the other sisters arrived, they found themselves working with many who were unemployed or underemployed. Their ministry involved pastoral visitations—whether it was in a hospital or prison, retirement or psychiatric facility or individual home. While overall damage to the island during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 was relatively light, the sisters were impressed by the neighborliness displayed by residents helping each other to recover from destruction of property and goods.
Sr. Carmel occasionally is able to return to Ireland to see family but her current ministry and volunteer effort is to work in the foundation office. At an age where many people retire from active work or ministry, Sr. Carmel helps to keep the foundation up to date with the recordkeeping of donations. Thank you, Sr. Carmel!