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Bernardine Franciscan Sisters welcome you to our web site and to our vibrant Franciscan community. We hope you will get to know more about who we are and join with us in our lives of prayer and in our mission. Travel with us to discover your passion in life!

Our community is founded on the ideals of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and their followers – ideals we believe are as precious now as they have ever been.  As a faith-filled community rooted in contemplation and Gospel values, we strive to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all we meet and especially to those who suffer from poverty and oppression.

To learn more, please contact us either by giving us a call at 484.334.6957 or sending us an e-mail to communications@bfranciscan.org


Catholic Coalition for Justice and Peace
One Family Sharing One Planet
Sunday, August 16, 2015
1:00-4:00 P.M.
McGlinn Conference and Spirituality Center
(Adjacent to Alvernia University Campus)
460 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
RSVP by August 7, 2015 to jpecare@bfranciscan.org
or leave phone message at 484.334.6807



The Vatican has announced that 2015 (from the First Sunday of Advent in 2014 to February 2, 2016) will be the Year of Consecrated Life. Its purpose,  is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past;” embracing” the future with hope;” and “living in the present passionately.”

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops suggested that the year include “Days with Religious.” Activities should focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service, and community life with those living a consecrated life.

Events sponsored by The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters:

                                               November 30, 2014    
                                              We opened the year with a Eucharistic Liturgy

February 8, 2015       
   An open house was held at the Mother House at
   460 St.  Bernardine Street, Reading, PA from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
   All were welcome.

March 13/14, 2015    
   A retreat for young women was held in the Mother house. 
   (See the Join Us section on this page and Camp Out Video below.)

Summer 2015
   Day of Mission and Service with Religious

September 13, 2015
   Day of Prayer with Religious


Ebola Relief Fund - Liberia

 We are still accepting financial assistance for Sister Mary Laurene Browne, OSF and Sister Barbara Brillant, FMM who continue to train our missionary team to staff the Catholic Clinics, open the Catholic Hospital and provide awareness, education, and life saving supplies to the people of Liberia.  There are many critical items that can finally be purchased in Liberia and this will also help the crashing economy.

Please click here to make an online donation or make checks payable to Bernardine Franciscan Sisters and send to:

Bernardine Franciscan Development Office
Attention:  Liberia Ebola Relief Fund
450 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607

If you have any questions or need more information, please call Sr. Antoinette Kaiser, OSF, Congregational Councilor: 484-509-4067

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"Taizé Prayer Service April 2015"

"CAMP OUT" in the Convent"

Trusting in Divine Providence, we journey in faith and joy, sister and servant to all.

We are called by God to live the Gospel and profess public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, living a life of contemplative prayer and active ministry in a common fraternity.

We welcome all as brother and sister. Faithful to the Church and to our charism, we seek justice, peace and reconciliation, especially as we work with and in behalf of the poor.




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