Sarah Fund

Sarah Fund: Caring for our Senior Sisters in the United States

You may know one or more of our senior Sisters and hold them in a special place in your heart. They were dedicated teachers, imparting Gospel values and high standards of academic excellence. They were respected nurses, they mothered orphans, and they were pastoral ministers, bringing the Eucharist to the homebound, along with a caring touch and a sympathetic ear. As true Franciscans, they joyfully served God with little monetary compensation, trusting that Providence would provide for their needs.

The impact of their work lives on in the hearts and minds of hundreds upon hundreds of people in the communities where they have ministered.  Our senior sisters are an invaluable asset to our Franciscan community and have earned our heartfelt gratitude, respect and consideration.

Sarah Fund donors support Sister Eliana da Silva’s ministry of care that includes regular visits where she attends to the needs of our Sisters in assisted living and skilled care, like Sister M. Sylvia Krafton, 99, with whom she shares a special bond.

Your Prayers and Support are Vital to the Care of our Senior Sisters

As you may know, all of our Sisters living and serving in the United States are over age 60 – many in their 80s and 90s.  The blessings of growing older come with humbling vulnerability and present many challenges that our Sisters continue face with faith and grace.  Yet, meeting the every-day needs of our aging Community also comes with a heavy financial strain.

Our Community relies on the generosity of our donors and benefactors to help us care for our Sisters. As with all women religious communities, our Sisters served dioceses, schools, hospitals, and other charitable institutions for little more than a minimal stipend. Prior to policy changes in the late-1970s, we had no extra funds to save for retirement. Nor, were we able to pay into Social Security. Our Community has been doing all that we can through prudent financial planning, applying for grants, and utilizing government programs. We also receive little financial support from the Church.

Several years ago, we established the Sarah Fund, which is intended to support our senior sisters. In addition to providing skilled and assisted living care for our more fragile Sisters, Sarah Fund donors also help provide much-needed chair lifts, walk-in showers and other accessibility improvements benefitting the health, safety and quality of life of our Sisters who continue to remain active in the community through part-time ministries, board service and volunteer efforts.

Sisters Francine McDonald, 91, and Mary Ann Lostoski, 82, are grateful for donors who funded the new carpet at Nativity Convent that reduces the risk of falls and injuries to our Sisters and visitors.

Supporting our sisters in their senior years is a wonderful way of giving back for all the contributions they have made in the lives of countless others. Please join us in the celebration of our sisters’ lifetime of service to those in need. No gift is too small to make a difference.

Ways to Give to the Sarah Fund

  1.  Donate Online
  2. Call 412-885-7232
  3. Send a donation via mail to:

Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God
Attn: Sarah Fund
5802 Curry Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236