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We're an exceptional congregation of women that share the commitment of daily prayer and serving the needy along with the joys and sorrows of life in community. We do this by ministering in the fields of senior housing, continuing care retirement communities, pastoral care, education and social services. Our life manifests the Franciscan spirit of prayer, poverty, simplicity, joy and ongoing conversion. Please take a few minutes to explore our website, our community, our ministry...


World Day of the Poor - November 18th

God of Justice, open our ears to hear the cry of the poor and to seek them where they are. Let their cries for healing and wholeness move us to action. Open our hearts to deepened relationship with those in need that we may draw near in love and our shared identity as your children. Open our mouths to advocate for health care as a human right, not a privilege of the economically secure. Let us hear in the cry of the poor the hope of future liberation grounded in the love of a good God. Remind us that what we do to the least ones, we do to you. Amen.

Download a reflection on the World Day of Poor from the Catholic Health Association

Read the statement from Pope Francis, titled, This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

Watch a video reflection on the World Day of Poor


Prayer for Election
Lord God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community. We ask for eyes that are free from blind-ness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned, men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender. We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom. We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word, live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Thanksgiving 2018

Father all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, we come before you with gratitude for your kindness. Open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women and draw us closer to all our brothers and sisters in the human family, so that we may share our gifts in loving service, through Christ our Lord.

Click Here to Download the
Thanksgiving Morning Prayer

Click Here to Download the
Thanksgiving Evening Prayer


Triduum to prepare for the solemnity of
Christ the King - November 25th

Christ is the head of the body, the Church. He
is the principle of creation and redemption.
Raised to the Father's glory, in everything he
is preeminent, especially in the Church,
through whom he extends his reign over all
things.

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Autumn Dinner Dance 2018

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their annual Autumn Dinner Dance on October 19th at DiNolfo's Banquets in Homer Glen, Illinois. This year the guests enjoyed dinner and live music by the Together Band. To begin the night's festivities, the Golden Thread Award was presented. The Golden Thread Award is an annual award bestowed upon an individual whose loyal and faithful commitment has enabled the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago to continue their ministries. Click Here to Read More.


Our Lady of Victory Convent Missioning 2018

On Friday, October 5th, employees from Our Lady of Victory Convent joined the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in Sacred Heart Chapel for their Missioning ceremony. This event is celebrated annually as the Sisters show appreciation for all those who work for them and provide words of thanks and wisdom. After the ceremony, everyone gathered in Marian Hall for a delicious brunch.


Thursday, September 20th, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Mother Mary Theresa was born Josephine Dudzik on August 30, 1860 to John and Agnes Dudzik in the tiny village of Plocicz in the western Poland. She was baptized and made her First Holy Communion at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kamien Krajenski, Poland. Read More Here


Commitment as Faithfulness
Associate Day of Reflection

After Mass, we met in Marian Hall for our Associate Day of Reflection. Our day started with an opening prayer thanking God for the gifts of life, love and each other. We prayed that we would recognize His presence in each person gathered for our reflection day. We also prayed that we would share our gifts with them as we reflected on what commitment meant to us.

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The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Elect Leadership for 2018-2023 Term

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago recently held their 21st General Chapter this past June. The General Chapter is a week long period of reflection and prayer for the Sisters as they plan the congregation’s next five years and also elect leadership for the 2018-2023 term. Click Here to Read More
(Below from Left to Right - Sister M. Bernadette Bajuscik, General Minister, Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie, General Vicar, Sister M. Helene Galuszka as General Councilor)
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FSC Associate Group Day - Beyond Assisi

After Mass, we met in Marian Hall for our Associate group day. Beyond Assisi is an actual pilgrimage where the pilgrims visit seldom seen Franciscan sites. This pilgrimage was created in 2011 by Andre Cirino, OFM and Murray Bodo, OFM. It is the response to alumni pilgrims asking for "more" of Saints Francis and Clare. Sr. Joanne is one of the pilgrim leaders for this trip in May 2019.

Read More Here



Crossroads - Summer 2018 Issue
Newsletter of the
Franciscan Sisters of Chicago


Now Available!

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older issues here


Chef Appreciation Week

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago recently serenaded the staff of Unidine and gave them thanks for all their hard work for Chef Appreciation Week.

Watch the Video to the left or click here


The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago and the Sisters of St. Casimir participate
in their first retreat together



Thirty-two Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Sisters of St. Casimir and FSC Associates attended a retreat from July 13th to July 19th in Marian Hall at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont. Read More Here


FSC Associate Group Day
Prayer: Being in Relationship
with the Divine

Presenter: Sr. Mary Barbara Hassler OSF
By Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

After Mass, we met in Marian Hall for our Associate group day. To begin the presentation, Sr. Mary Barbara asked a couple of questions. The first question was - What is prayer? The answer that came to mind was that prayer is communication between us and God.

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Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Announce Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant Winners

Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie announced the 2018 Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant winners in a video presentation. Click the link below to view the presentation and read the official press release. Thank you to all who participated this year.

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Celebrating Our Faithfulness
21st General Chapter - Video Photo Gallery
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The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago are celebrating their 21st General Chapter in June, 2018. The General Chapter is a time of reflection and prayer for the Sisters as they review their life and practices over the past five years and plan for the next five years as well as choose their leadership for the 2018-2023 term.

Click the link below to see a video photo gallery of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago through the years, beginning with their foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik and progressing through the years with the Sisters in various ministries such as education, nursing, and elder care.

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The Grotto

Here is a short video for prayer and inspiration of the Grotto area here on the OLV Convent grounds. The music is the song 'Ave Maria' and is from the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago singing group, Daybreak's album called 'A New Kind of Freedom'.

Click on the 'Play' button on the bottom left
to view the video.


Please Visit our Website Honoring
our Foundress!

MotherTheresaDudzik.com

Our Official Website for the Cause of Beatification for the foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik.


The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago is a congregation of Catholic women living the Gospel life and dedicated to serving others for 123 years. We serve the people of God through works prompted by our charism: care for children, the sick, the infirm, and the elderly; and pastoral and social services.

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago have adapted to the changing needs of society and expanded and refocused its ministry to respond to the changing needs of those served. The ability and need to serve continues to evolve and we are responding with new ministries in the areas of affordable housing, home health, hospice, and various community benefit services.

Guided by its Franciscan spirit, The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago celebrate life and are committed to joyful, compassionate service.