School Sisters of St. Francis Tau Volunteer Program

General Info
School Sisters of St. Francis
1515 S. Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Phone: 414-385-5255
Fax: 414-385-5238
Program Contacts
Irene Perez
Coordinator of Tau Volunteers
U.S. Province of School Sisters of St. Francis
Goal of Program: 
The purpose of the Tau Volunteer Program is to offer a transformative experience for single women, 21 years or older, who wish to be involved in the mission of the School Sisters of St. Francis in the United States. Volunteers serve God's people by fostering peace, justice, and the integrity of creation. Tau Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work and walk in solidarity with Franciscan sisters whose lives embody service, community, and spirituality. Our Tau Program is an opportunity to be enriched by the learned and lived wisdom of our sisters. If you would like to live and serve with a community of women who know who they are and what they are about - then our Tau Volunteer Program is for you!
Type of Placement: 
Adult literacy, Education, ESL, health care, social services, senior care, art, homeless shelter and outreach, soup kitchen, administrative/program support, fundraising, border ministry.
Service Area: 
Wisconsin (Milwaukee area); El Paso, TX/Juarez, Mexico. Please check with us, since our program is growing and new opportunities will become available in the future.
Service Length: 
Primarily one year, which can be extended with approval. We will consider shorter term volunteers if service sites are available.We are willing and able to work with volunteers on flexible service terms and placement opportunities.
Post graduate or life equivalent experience, women of faith 21 and older (no age limit); both skills and service-oriented ready to volunteer full-time; interested in living with sisters or associates and sharing prayer, meals, reflection and community life. Application, references, aptitude interview, and background check required. Must be of good general health (physical, emotional and spiritual). Willing to grow in faith!
Financial Arrangement: 
We are able to provide full room and board, monthly stipend, local transportation and inclusion in community activities, as well as exposure to a wide variety of people and experiences. Spiritual direction, lessons in simple living, coming to an understanding of the root causes of poverty and social issues are other "added value" elements of our program. Volunteers provide transportation to their service site. If a volunteer needs health insurance, we can offer that.
Living Arrangements: 
Volunteers live with sisters or associates in host communities sharing pleasant, simple living. We provide a nice balance of communal and alone time for our volunteers. Volunteers have a unique opportunity to live with our sisters, thereby benefitting from their life experiences and learned wisdom.
Program Size: 
3-10 volunteers
Pre-placement program orientation is held in late July or early August at the School Sisters of St. Francis Motherhouse in Milwaukee, WI. In special circumstances, we may consider a start date and orientation offering at a time outside of those offered. Service/ministry sites also have an orientation which includes any needed training for specific jobs or tasks.
Application Deadline: 
Eight weeks before desired placement.

Current Urgent Opportunities

Human Concerns Associate

The School Sisters of St. Francis Tau Volunteer Program has an immediate opportunity for a Human Concerns Associate at the Cathedral of St. John in Milwaukee, WI. This opportunity is open to women 21 years or older with a deep desire to reach out to people on the margins by serving in the Cathedral's daily meal program, justice and peace efforts, women's spirituality, and jail ministry: the full human concerns outreach of the Cathedral. Tau Volunteers are provided with full room/board, stipend, local travel expenses, and live in community with our sisters. Contact Irene Perez ( for details or to ask for an application. This is an exceptional opportunity!
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