Franciscan prayer is contemplative. As one of the core Franciscan values, contemplation means opening one’s heart and mind to the presence of God directly and in all creation. In turn, our body, mind, and soul give thanks and praise to a loving, good and beautiful God. As a community, the sisters believe that prayer strengthens our faith, focuses our hope and moves us to loving service for others.

Ministry of Prayer

As part of our daily life, we include many of our friends, family, benefactors, and neighbors around the world in our prayers. Additionally, Sisters never totally retire. After leaving full or part-time ministries, our Sisters begin a new ministry known as Prayer Ministry. As the name implies, they spend a good deal of time in prayer. Through prayer requests sent to us by friends, family, employees, mail and phone calls, Sisters spend time praying for the special intentions and giving thanks for prayers answered.

Prayer Requests

Our sisters, particularly those in full-time prayer ministry, welcome the opportunity to engage in prayer for others. If you have a specific prayer request that you would like our sisters to include in their intentions, please call (412) 882-9911, send us a message via the Prayer Request Page or

How powerful to have the prayers of many!


40 Days United in Prayer

40 Days of Prayer
Create in me a clean heart, o God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Lent is a welcome time for many Christians when we open our hearts to Christ and prepare ourselves to go forward in faith through prayer, reflection and living more simply. Prayer is also a vital part of our Sisters’ spiritual lives, ministry, and mission. Franciscan Prayer is contemplative – opening one’s heart and mind to the presence of God directly and in all creation. As part of our Lenten journey, prayer strengthens our faith and moves us to manifest God’s extravagant love in our own lives. This Lenten season, we invite you to join us in 40 Days of Prayer.

We invite you to send us your special prayer intentions, which we will remember throughout the Lenten season.  Prayer Requests can be made via or 412-882-9911. Each day during Lent, we will also post a shared prayer intention on our website and Facebook page. We invite you to take a moment during your Lenten reflections to pray with us for this intention and share the invitation to prayer with others.

We pray that your Lenten journey blesses you with spiritual clarity and a deeper understanding of the love of Christ. May you go forward from this prayerful experience as a witness to God’s extravagant love.