Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain

Goal of Program

To invite men and women to commit to a year of service sharing in the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia with a strong emphasis on integral ecology and holistic living. Volunteers have the opportunity to choose a ministry site to which they feel called. Ministry sites range from direct service opportunities in immigration and refugee work, hospitality ministry, mental health care, to organic farming and working for systemic change through Corporate social responsibility. Volunteers grow personally, professionally, and spiritually in community.

Type of Placement

Anna's Place. Hospitality center creates atmosphere for activities that promote growth in mind, body, heart & spirit. Staff works together on aspects of programming. Guardian Angels Child Care. Kids ranging from 1 year old through kindergarten age from low income families. Classes maintain low child-to-staff ratio, with a teacher and assistant in each classroom. Red Hill Farm. 6 acre CSA. Provides produce for members & Sisters. The farm utilizes organic practices. Staff, seasonal farmers, volunteers, & work shares collaborate with the Farm Manager. Family Counseling Center. Improve access to behavioral health care services for those under served in traditional systems due to barriers related to language, immigration, health insurance, stigma, & poverty. Corporate Social Responsibility. Monitors the sisters' investment portfolio from a moral & ethical view, exercises rights as shareholders to hold corporations accountable for social & environmental policies to promote justice & peace.

Service Area

Greater Philadelphia Area including Chester, PA, Aston, PA, and Wilmington, DE

Service Length

Mid-August through June.

Program Size

4-5 volunteers


Volunteers are typically between the ages of 21 and 35 with no impediments to committing to a simple lifestyle in community for a service term of ten months. Applicants outside of that age range will be considered on a case by case basis.

Financial Arrangements

Volunteers receive a simple personal stipend of $125 a month as well as a communal house budget that covers all necessities including groceries, household needs, transportation, and health insurance as is needed.

Living Arrangements

Volunteers live together in a house with individual bedrooms and shared bathroom. Volunteers share in at least three meals a week together, weekly community and spirituality nights, and create intentional community. Volunteers are asked to live simply and sustainably being aware of waste, engage in recycling, and to compost when possible.


Volunteers will engage in an orientation retreat at the start of their service term and will participate in workshops and retreats throughout the year. Four main retreats are held, Orientation Retreat, St. Francis Retreat, Winter Retreat, and the End of the Year Retreat. Throughout a volunteer's experience they will engage in conversation with a spiritual director to engage in conversation of spiritual growth.

Application Deadline

Priority Submission January 15th After that Rolling Admission

Start Date


Sara Marks


609 S. Convent Rd
Aston, PA 19014
Phone: 610 558-7709


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