Young Adult Engagement

The Office of Young Adults serves to engage those in their 20s and 30s in relationship with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.  Through commitment to social and ecological justice, engagement in service and advocacy, and growing in mutual relationship, sisters and young adults are offered the opportunity to grow together personally, professionally, and spiritually.  

No Risk, No Gain

The foundress of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Mother Francis Bachmann, once wrote, “He who does not attempt something gains nothing.” She wrote these words in a letter to her sisters in Syracuse who had been separated from the Philadelphia community when local bishops had a need for sisters in New York.  Mother Bachmann wrote to share the good news of the recently founded St. Mary’s Franciscan Hospital. In a time when the community was feeling great pain over the separation of the sisters unable to return from other dioceses, they still managed to look at a future that held the promise of something new.   We loosely translate her words today to say, “No risk, no gain.”

Franciscans have lived boldly since the time of Sts. Francis and Clare in the 12th and 13th century.  There are many ways to follow in the footsteps of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia by joining them in their lived expression of the Franciscan charism—lived in today’s world with all its beauty and flaws–saying “yes” to God’s continued call.  “No risk, no gain” reminds us of our roots, calls us to the margins, and urges us to move forward with grace-filled hope for the future.

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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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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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