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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

Emergency Funds Needed
for Liberia Ebola Epidemic

Urgent!  Please, please Help!

The spread of the Deadly Ebola Virus in West Africa has already taken more than 1,900 lives and thousands more are infected.  Sister Mary Laurene Browne, our missionary Sister in Liberia, desperately needs your help.

The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters who have been providing health care and education to some of the neediest people in Monrovia, Liberia for over 50 years with the help and generosity of friends, organizations, and Foundations…  

Request emergency funds to provide urgently needed medical and basic supplies such as gloves, masks, protective equipment, plastic buckets, bleach, disinfectants, food, clean water, and other materials necessary for our missionaries and for the people in LIberia who are desperately trying to mange the overwhelming devastation of this disease. 

Any financial assistance you can provide at this time will help tremendously. Please click here to make an online donation or make checks payable to Bernardine Franciscan Sisters and send immediately to: 

Bernardine Franciscan Development Office
Attention:  Liberia Emergency 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

UPDATE (9/3/2014)
The Bernardine Sisters are now coordinating with Dr Tim Flanigan, an infectious disease clinician who has volunteered to go to Liberia to re-open the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia.  Please visit Dr. Tim’s website and follow Dr. Tim’s Blog

We are also coordinating with Sister Barbara Brillant, FMM, the Salesian Missionaries, Bishop Andrew Karnley (the Bishop of Cape Palmos), and the Society of African Missionaries, among other organizations on a concentrated effort to deliver financial aid and supplies to accomplish our goal.  Follow us on our Facebook page which will be updated weekly. 


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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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