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.
We are looking to hire a Young Adult Engagement Coordinator to collaborate in developing and implementing new ways to invite, accompany, and empower young adults in engaging Franciscan spirituality and values towards personal and social transformation. The coordinator will support mutual, intergenerational relationships among young adults, sisters, and companions as part of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia’s charism ministry team. Know anyone who may be interested in this full-time position? Experience working with young adults and/or service as a volunteer in a faith-based program (such as Franciscan Volunteers, Franciscan Mission Service, JVC, etc.) and some college credits; associate or bachelor degree is preferred. Visit our webpage to read the full job description and apply: https://osfphila.org/jobvolunteer-opportunities/. #youngadults #hiring
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