Funding the Care of Our Sisters

Our largest need is supporting the physical and spiritual life of our sisters through all stages, from formation to retirement.  Please consider supporting the work of our community as we care for our sisters around the world.


Retirement

The School Sisters of St. Francis currently provide for approximately 400 retired members in the United States, whose median age is 80. About half of the retired sisters live active, independent lives “on mission.” The others live in one of our four convents, which offer independent and assisted living possibilities and skilled nursing care.  Retirement costs include housing and living expenses, medication, doctor visits, hospital and nursing care, along with overall administrative costs.  While Social Security benefits, general savings, and investment income help to meet community expenses, a large portion of retirement costs must come from the School Sister Retirement Fund, which currently remains approximately 59 percent unfunded to meet our needs into the future.

St. Joseph Convent - Milwaukee St. Joseph Convent - Campbellsport Sacred Heart Convent Our Lady of the Angels Convent
$2,720
funds one month’s worth of expenses for a sister in assisted living at St. Joseph Convent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
$3,260
funds one month’s worth of expenses for a sister in skilled nursing care at St. Joseph Convent in Campbellsport, Wisconsin.
$2,674
funds one month’s worth of expenses for a sister in skilled nursing care at Sacred Heart Convent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
$1,346
funds one month’s worth of specialized memory care at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

Formation

Religious formation is fundamental to the future of the School Sisters of St. Francis and to the Catholic Church.  In our Indian and Latin American provinces, the sisters fund the cost of tuition and living expenses for young women in the process of joining our community.  These women will help to bring the Catholic faith to people in need in impoverished and rural areas of the world.

Junior Sister in Latin America
$500
gives the junior sisters in Latin America a four-day retreat experience.
$870
provides a year's worth of expenses for a postulant in India.

Leadership Training

The Leadership Training program provides faith-based leadership formation to sisters in the Indian and Latin American provinces.  This program forms effective Catholic leaders who are models of ethical behavior and personal integrity.  Sisters serving on the international leadership team travel each year to the provinces to conduct seminars and training for sisters in positions of leadership.

Lodging Paper Round-trip airfare
$30
provides lodging for one night for a sister visiting India.
$100
provides paper to copy workbooks for all sisters participating in training in Latin America.
$700
provides round-trip airfare from Chicago to Guatemala City for one sister.