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.
Tau Volunteers Prepare for Service
Our newest Tau Volunteers are well on their way to being a vital part of their service sites. Sarah Johnson and Jessie Brown took part in orientation the week of August 1, with some sessions shared by the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps (Cap Corps) volunteers.
Sarah and Jessie participated in sessions on basic volunteering etiquette, Catholic social teaching, radical listening, conflict resolution, and leadership skills. Our own School Sister orientation covered the community’s history and charism, as well as sessions on self-care and reviewing the program’s core values of service, community, and spirituality. Thank you to all the sisters and staff who helped with orientation!
Sarah is serving at the Cathedral of St. John in Milwaukee. Her duties include serving at the Open Door Café and reaching out to the guests to connect them to resources. Jessie is teaching fifth grade religion at Nativity Middle School as well as providing support to the school’s teachers and staff. Both women are very excited to “get going” at their service sites. Sarah and Jessie have also been able to attend several community activities such as the Associates and Sisters picnic this past weekend and the Feast of St. Clare celebration.
We will formally welcome our new volunteers into our School Sister of St. Francis community at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 11, which is the Associate Acceptance and Renewal Liturgy. This is an excellent opportunity for our volunteers to meet some of our associates and experience another element of vitality in our community.
As we begin our time with Jessie and Sarah, we will soon be saying good-bye to Martina Frankova, who will end her year of Tau Volunteer service with us on October 5. She made specific adjustments to her travel schedule so she would be able to stay for the Feast of St. Francis on October 4! Martina is a great example of what “being a Tau” looks like. We will miss her very much!
Tau Volunteer Program Welcomes New Participants
Our next Tau Volunteers are coming! By the end of July, Sarah Johnson and Jessica “Jessie” Brown will be starting their year of service with our Tau Volunteer program.
Sarah comes to us from her hometown of Buffalo, New York, where she recently received her degree in social work and philosophy. Some of her time in college was spent with a variety of outreach services and community building involvements. Sarah will be serving at the Cathedral of St. John, assisting with the daily meal program and social services, and learning about case management.
Jessie ( comes to us fresh from her studies at the University of Portland in Oregon, with a degree in theology, philosophy and Spanish. Jessie spent a good amount of time as a resource person in campus ministry, and is interested in women’s spirituality. Jessie’s hometown is Boise, Idaho, where she is currently spending time with her family. Jessie will be serving at Nativity Jesuit Academy as a teacher’s assistant. She is also interested in doing some theological reflection with the graduating eighth graders.
Both Sarah and Jessie will be living with Sisters Phyllis, Tess, and Annette at Blessed Sacrament Convent. The sisters are looking forward to being in community with these two wonderful young women.
Please stay tuned for updates about what our Tau Volunteers are doing and how their year of service is going!
For more information, please contact:
Irene Perez, Tau Volunteer Program Coordinator
Phone: 414-385-5255 Fax: 414-385-5238