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Are You Called to Life as a Sister of St. Francis?

Our sisters come to us from all walks of life and bring with them a wide range of talents, gifts and abilities. We hold in common a love of God and the desire to serve our brothers and sisters in the style of St. Francis of Assisi — with humility, compassion and joy.

We can help you explore your future path.
You can attend a discernment retreat, connect with us on FaceBook, or spend time in our House of Discernment.

“I do not think of reward. I am working for God and do so cheerfully.”
– St. Marianne Cope -

The House of Discernment

Located in Millvale, Pennsylvania (outside of Pittsburgh), the House of Discernment is an opportunity for women ages 20-50 to spend six months to a year considering their future. Living, working and praying with likeminded women will give you a sense of community life while you determine the path God is calling you to follow.

For more information, contact Sister Caryn Crook,

Discernment Group

Looking for support in discerning your vocation to religious life? This group is for you. Monday evenings at 8 pm – 9 pm Eastern time, Sister Caryn hosts a Discernment Group on Zoom. Women Zoom in when they are able and find support and information that assists them in their discernment. Topics include tackling hurdles, stages of formation, Charisms, and discernment techniques.

If you are interested please contact Sister Caryn Crook at


Our Associates program is a way for women and men to learn more about Saints Francis and Clare and support the mission and ministries of our congregation without taking vows.

Associates deepen their spirituality, join us in faith-sharing and spiritual enrichment and share their gifts with us and each other through work, volunteering, prayer and fun events.

Known as pre-associates, candidates work with a sister through the year-long preparation program — classes on the lives and spirituality of Saints Francis and Clare, and the history and mission of our congregation. Pre-associates who complete the program commit as an associate for three years.

Learn more about becoming a Franciscan Associate with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.

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