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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.


On December 8th, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. It was on this day on December 8th, 1894, that Josephine Dudzik established the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Blessed Kunegunda (the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago's original name) at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago. Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie has been writing 125th Anniversary history articles all year long. Click Here for a directory of past 125th anniversary articles.

(Below is a photo of the first four pioneer Sisters in 1900. (From Left) Sister M. Anna Wysinski, Sister M. Angeline Topolinski, Sister M. Agnes Dzik, and Sister M. Theresa Dudzik.


Novena to prepare for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
November 29th - December 7th

Father, you prepared the Virgin Mary to be the worthy Mother of your Son. You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by his death, and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin through Christ our Lord.

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Advent is the beginning of the Church's liturgical year and our season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Advent prepares us to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas as we consider the mystery of the incarnation, anticipate Christ's second coming at the end of time and look for the ways Jesus is born in our lives each day. In 2019, it begins on Sunday, Dec. 1st. Once again we offer Advent reflections provided to us by the CHA. Click here to visit our Advent reflection page.


Franciscan Sisters of Chicago - 125 years of Loving, Joyful Ministry
Part 11 - The Eleventh Period - 2015 - 2019

The eleventh period of the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago covers the years of 2015 to 2019. For the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago this period contained numerous challenging moments. During 2015, the Year of Consecrated Life, Franciscan Ministries moved to Lemont to occupy an addition to the Administration Building. Click Here to Read More


The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 2nd at Crystal Grand Banquets in Lemont, Illinois. This year the Sisters celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding of their congregation with the theme, "With Undivided Hearts." Click here to read more about this event.


Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis and the Devotional Renewal of the Associates
of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
- October 5, 2019
by Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

We came together for Mass to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis during which there is an annual devotional renewal of the Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Mass was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Our celebrant was Fr. John Nowak, CR.
(In photo below, the FSC Associates take a group photo after Mass.) Click Here to Read more


Heritage Hall Gets a New Update

Heritage Hall, located on the first floor of Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont, Illinois, is a historical testament to the legacy of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. The room serves as an exhibition hall that highlights 125 years of the Sisters’ ministries in education, healthcare, pastoral and social services and senior living communities. Click Here to Read More.




The 2019 Peacemaker Award

This year the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago selected their foundress, Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, as the recipient of the 2019 Peacemaker Award.

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Jubilee 2019

Sister M. Rosemary Ferus
70 years as a Franciscan Sister of Chicago!

Sister M. Rosemary Ferus was born on May 10, 1931 in East Chicago, Indiana, and entered religious life on August 12, 1949. Sister became a postulant on February 2, 1950 and was then assigned to teach second grade at Five Holy Martyrs in Chicago, Illinois. Sister became a novice on August 12, 1950.

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Jubilee 2019

Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski
75 years as a Franciscan Sister of Chicago

Congratulations and God's blessings to
Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski who is celebrating her 75th anniversary as a Franciscan Sister of Chicago. Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski was born on May 29, 1924 in Conway, Massachusetts and entered religious life on July 26, 1944.

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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 124 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.