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About Us

Our Franciscan ministry is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia who are often remembered in the Portland area as the “Palatine Hill Franciscans.” When the congregation closed the Franciscan Renewal Center on Palatine Hill in 2000, several of the sisters remained committed to finding another home in the area to minister to the spiritual needs of the people in the greater Portland area. 2013 brought the ministry to the current location which is a historic residence that was home for two orders of religious women for over 100 years.


MISSION STATEMENT:  Franciscan Spiritual Ministries is a ministry sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.  We are rooted in Gospel values and in the prophetic spirit of Francis and Clare, we seek to provide environments, experiences, and resources which enable persons to meet God in both stillness and activity.  With hospitality, simplicity, and joy, we welcome all as brother and sister.

VISION STATEMENT:  In the Franciscan tradition, we will share/create a place of simple beauty and hospitality that will support and deepen the contemplative spirit.


We acknowledge that the Franciscan Spiritual Center on the Marylhurst campus is located on the ancestral homeland of the Kalapuya people who lived for countless generations in permanent winter villages and seasonal settlements along the banks of the Willamette, Umpqua and McKenzie Rivers.

Let us honor and thank their elders past and present for their stewardship of this land.  Let us be grateful to be on this land, and in our Franciscan tradition let us continue to praise our Creator and work to care for and cherish all of creation.


As a Franciscan ministry, we welcome all as a sister or brother.  Specifically, we recognize and cherish the dignity of each person regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, ability or social class.

An ecumenical space to renew one's spirit, see with new eyes, learn, connect, find peace, quiet, and rest.

Our Staff

Michelle Kroll
Christine Naylor
Sr. Celeste Clavel
Sr. Mary Jo Chaves
Eileen Parfrey
Mark Lesniewski
Tom Welch
Sr. Theresa Lamkin
Ann Steigerwald
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