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    Personal Information



    Date of Birth:

    Religious Denomination:

    Do you have a driver’s License?

    How did you hear about the Franciscan Volunteers?

    Family Information



    Names and Ages of Siblings


    Beginning with the most recent, list all schools attended.

    Name and Location

    Dates Attended


    Degrees or Certificates

    Employment History:

    List jobs held, including military service, starting with your most recent.


    Start and End Dates


    Experiences, Activities, and Interests:

    List some of your talents, hobbies, recreation, leisure activities.

    Volunteer Experience:

    Have you participated in any form of service/volunteer experience, i.e. day of service, immersion experience, volunteer program etc. Please share your experience/s.

    Greater Philadelphia Area Ministry Sites:

    Anna’s Place:

    A Franciscan hospitality center in Chester, Pennsylvania, that offers a welcoming atmosphere and activities that promote growth in mind, body, heart, and spirit. The staff works together on all aspects of offered programs including computer classes, bingo, soup and sandwich lunches, health screenings, social events, and the community garden. (

    Guardian Angels Child Care (Ministry of Caring)

    This child care facility in Wilmington, Delaware, serves children of working parents with low incomes. The children range from one-year-old through kindergarten age. All classes maintain a low child-to-staff ratio, with a teacher and teacher’s assistant in each classroom. Volunteers work as teachers’ assistants. (

    The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s

    St. Paul’s Family Counseling Center in Wilmington, Delaware, provides access to compassionate, culturally responsive emotional and behavioral health services that empower individuals and families. The community outreach coordinator works with the staff to further the mission of the center. He/she works with partner agencies to improve access to behavioral healthcare services for individuals and families chronically under served in traditional systems due to barriers related to language, immigration, health insurance, stigma, and poverty. (

    The Office of Corporate Social Responsibility

    The office of corporate social responsibility monitors the Sisters of St. Francis’ investment portfolio from a moral and ethical perspective and exercises rights as shareholders to hold corporations accountable for social and environmental policies to promote justice, peace, and reconciliation. Volunteers assist in this work.

    Red Hill Farm

    A six-acre community supported agriculture farm located in Aston, Pennsylvania, run by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. This farm provides fresh, locally-grown produce its members and the sisters. The farm utilizes organic practices. Staff—seasonal farmers, volunteers, and work shares—collaborate on all aspects of the farm under the leadership of the farm manager. (Facebook: Red Hill Farm, Sisters of St. Francis)


    Please list three people you have asked to be a reference for you, they should be able to speak of your character and ability to participate in a year-long volunteer experience. Please include at least one Spiritual Reference. Please do not use a relative.

    Spiritual Reference:


    Your Choice 1:


    Your Choice 2:


    Essay Questions:

    Please answer the following questions in one comprehensive essay (minimum 4 pages) OR as individual questions. All responses should be typed. Please use examples as much as you can—we just want to know more about you as an applicant.

    • Describe your reasons for applying to be a Franciscan Volunteer. What are your past experiences that have led you to apply? What do you hope to accomplish/gain by being a Franciscan Volunteer?

    • The Franciscan Volunteers is based on our four core values: Communal Living, Social Justice, Spirituality, and the Franciscan Tradition. Which of these values do you feel most drawn toward and why?

    • Franciscan Volunteers live in community, sharing household chores, meals, celebrations, prayer and more. What are your expectations and apprehensions of living in community?

    • What have been your experiences of personal and communal prayer? How would you describe your spirituality? What expectations and apprehensions might you have regarding community living?

    • What is your understanding of simple living? What do you think are the joys and/or challenges of living on a simple monthly stipend? What changes in your lifestyle would you have to make?

    • What do you most enjoy about interacting with other people and what is most difficult for you in forming relationships with others?

    • How do you deal with personal difficult/stressful situations? Do you prefer to talk with people, pray, journal, etc.? Please give examples.

    • How do you deal with conflict? Give an example of a time when you had a conflict with someone and how it was resolved.

    • What do you feel are the significant changes, events, or transitions in your family and in your life that may have shaped you?

    • Please add any other information you think would help us get to know you!

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