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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 19th

Pope Francis has announced the World Day for the Poor as an annual observance on the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, a week before the Solemnity of Christ the King. In 2017, this is Nov. 19th.

To help you reflect on our call to care for those who are poor and vulnerable, CHA has developed several resources for us to share with you:

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A Video Reflection

A link to Pope Francis' message

Thanksgiving 2017 (Novemeber 23rd)

Praise the God of gods;
Praise the Lord of lords;
Who alone has done great wonders,
Who skillfully made the heavens,
Who spread the earth upon the waters,
Who made the great lights,
Who made the sun to rule the day,

Download the Prayers for Thanksgiving Below:

Morning Prayer for Thanksgiving

Evening Prayer for Thanksgiving

Triduum to prepare for the solemnity of
Christ the King (Novemeber 26th)

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

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Novena to prepare for the solemnity of
of the Immaculate Conception
(November 29th - December 7th)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.

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Advent 2017

Sunday, Dec. 3, marks the beginning of the liturgical year and the season of Advent. To help Catholic health care organizations celebrate this important time, CHA has produced a reflection for each week of Advent as well as a Christmas reflection.

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Autumn Dinner Dance
October 20th, 2017

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their annual Autumn Dinner Dance on October 20th at DiNolfo’s Banquets in Homer Glen, Illinois. This year the guests enjoyed dinner, a prize raffle and live music by the Together Band. The Golden Thread Award was also presented at the start of the evening. The Golden Thread Award is bestowed upon an individual whose loyal and faithful commitment has enabled the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago to continue their ministries. This year’s Golden Thread Award winner was Adeline Galuszka. Mrs. Galuszka has been a longtime supporter and donor of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago for over 50 years.

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Preparation for the Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik on September 20, 1918

A Reading from the Chronicle of Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik

"Very often I felt a persistent urge to make greater sacrifices for others. Consequently, I was especially guided with a continuous thought of how I could be of service to the needy and the poor. In my mind I was already arranging the beds and preparing all things necessary for this purpose."

November Reading - Download Here

October Reading - Download Here

September Reading - Download Here

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis and the Commitment/Recommitment of the Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
By Mary Mosser, FSC Associate - October 1st, 2017

On October 1st, we came together for Mass with family and friends to renew our commitment to the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Associate program. The Feast of St. Francis is October 4th and our commitment/recommitment celebration is on the Sunday closest to that date.

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In Loving Memory of
Sister M. Alacoque Czartoryski

Born: September 20, 1922
Entered Religious Life: July 31, 1937
Born into Eternal Life: September 18, 2017

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Franciscan Federation 2017
Winner of The Peacemaker Award Honored

The Franciscan Federation, a national organization founded in 1965 to promote Franciscan evangelical life, held its annual conference on June 16th through June 19th in Buffalo, New York. This year’s theme was called, “Bonaventure’s Journey into God: Franciscan Inspiration for the 21st Century” in honor of the 800th anniversary of the birth of Saint Bonaventure.

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The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago formed a singing group called 'Daybreak' in the 1970's. This group travelled and sang for many people at parishes, schools and churches.

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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.


In Loving Memory of
Sister Leona Watroba

Born: March 3, 1913
Entered Religious Life: September 8, 1934
Born into Eternal Life: July 6, 2017

Click Here to read Sister Leona's Eulogy
and view photos of her.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Sculpture of Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago unveiled during celebration Mass

On April 23, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago celebrated its 150th Anniversary. Over 1,500 people attended a special anniversary Mass and celebration led by Cardinal Blase Cupich. The historic church was decorated with red and white ornaments as celebrants representing both the Polish and Hispanic communities marched in. During the procession, parishioners carried banners in and wore uniforms representing their culture and communities.

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Our Spring issue of our award winning newsletter Crossroads is now available!

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Please Visit our Website Honoring
our Foundress!


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 120 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.