Become a Tau Volunteer

The Tau Volunteer Program offers a transformative experience for post-graduate women, at least 21 years old, who are looking to share service, community and spirituality with the School Sisters of St. Francis.

Martina and her school kids

Bringing the Mission to Life

by Michael O'Loughlin

Tau Volunteer uses sabbatical to live Gospel values

When Martina Fránková was searching for a way to spend her sabbatical year after six years of teaching middle school students in the Czech Republic, she began with careful discernment. And then she turned to Google.

“A year ago, I was on an Ignatian retreat, and I was discerning many things, global and local,” Martina recalled. “One of my dreams was to travel somewhere for a year and be there with God to prepare myself for the next steps in my life.”

Using the popular search engine, she found a long list of Catholic volunteer options. When she contacted the School Sisters of St. Francis about our Tau Volunteer program, she told program coordinator Irene Perez that she was willing to try any number of opportunities: working with seniors, school children, the homeless. “I was really open to anything.” Martina said she was “on cloud nine” when she saw how well Irene had matched her volunteer assignment to her experience and interests.

Read the rest of Martina's story in our Alive magazine


Welcome Tau Volunteers!

Martina Fránková
Victoria Low
Sarah Mueller

Our community welcomes our newest Tau Volunteers Martina Fránková, Victoria Low and Sarah Mueller. Martina will be assisting teachers at Nativity Jesuit Academy for a year. Victoria Low will be at SET Ministry on Milwaukee’s north side. She is working with students at Atlas School, doing home visits and translating forms into Spanish. Sarah will be assisting the events coordinator at Lazarus House Homeless Shelter in St. Charles, Illinois, for three months while living with Sisters Mary Boyd and Joelyn Hayes.

"I'm looking forward to sharing our daily lives and "being enriched by the learned and lived wisdom of the sisters," Martina said. "I see the coming year as a pilgrimage where I never know what the next day will bring and have to rely only on the Lord. I will be grateful for every prayer as I have never been on such a long pilgrimage and so far from home."

“I’ve wanted to do some volunteer work for a while now, and when I went to the Catholic Volunteer Network to check things out, I just had a feeling about the Tau program. So, I emailed Irene directly, and we had such a great phone conversation that I felt Tau was the place I wanted and needed to be," said Victoria. "I just graduated with a degree in education and wanted to take time to think about my next steps, as well as grow in faith, trying to hear where God wants me to be. The Tau program is a place where I can do both!”

“As a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, I am excited to finally be able to focus my efforts in developing a greater relationship with God through full-time volunteering and prayer,” Sarah said. “The balance the Tau Volunteer program has between volunteering, prayer, and community seems to be just what I need to grow and learn. This is something that I've been wanting to do since high school, and I'm so grateful and excited for this wonderful opportunity!”

Please join us in welcoming them, thanking them for their service, and offering our prayers for their ministries with our community.

For more information, please contact:
Irene Perez, Tau Volunteer Program Coordinator
Phone: 414-385-5255 Fax: 414-385-5238