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, and that it is not just for those considering a religious vocation as a sister, brother, or priest?

We offer our online Life Decisions/Discernment in the Franciscan Spirit retreat via Zoom several times a year.  This well-received online retreat is open to women and men discerning any major life decision (vocation, relationships, faith, education, job, volunteer year, relocating, etc.). Sr. Diane Tomkinson, OSF will guide participants through a Franciscan discernment process that can assist with their own unique life choices.  The next on-line Life Decisions retreat is June 25, 2022.

Participation is free but space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Sr. Diane Tomkinson, OSF at (Please add Sr. Diane’s e-mail to your “trusted senders” list to be sure you receive additional information about the retreat.)

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