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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...

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2017 draws attention to Pope Francis' call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around us. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is providing a collected book of prayers and prayer cards. You may download them on the links below.

Click Here to download the Prayer Card

Click Here to download this Book of Prayers

January 18th - 25th

God of all, we pray as one, that we may be one, just as the Lord Jesus prayed we may be one in Him. Your son Jesus compels us to be reconciled to one another. May our spirits be joined to your Holy Spirit, that we may witness to the visible unity of your Church. May we all recognize that we are truly one with you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and grow together in peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

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In Loving Memory of
Fr. Benet A. Fonck, OFM
Born: June 3, 1945
Ordained: June 3, 1972
At Rest: December 23, 2016

We are sad to announce the recent passing of Father Benet Fonck. Father Benet was a wonderful priest and a very talented and creative man who provided us with many of the prayer items on our website. He wrote our weekly Sunday bulletin, 'What's the Word?' and also our 'First Friday Holy Hours.' He also contributed many Novenas, Prayers for Holy Days, and last year's 'Lectio Divina for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.' We will miss Father Benet and may his soul rest in peace.

Read More Here to see Father Benet's Obituary

Franciscan Community Benefit Services to be featured at First Look for Charity

For over twenty-five years, First Look for Charity at the Chicago Auto Show has raised nearly $45 million for significant charities in Chicagoland and northwest Indiana. As one of the 18 charities benefitting from this event, Franciscan Community Benefit Services has received over $871,000 in the last ten years.

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The Franciscan Weaver Award and the Golden Thread Award Winners are Honored

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their annual Autumn Dinner Dance on October 27th at DiNolfo's Banquets in Homer Glen, Illinois. This event has been a staple Fall celebratory tradition for several years now. This year the guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner, a prize raffle and live music by the Together Band. Two awards, the Weaver Award and the Golden Thread Award, were presented as well.

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Sister Diane Marie Collins
Carrying on the Ministry of Education

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago have had a long history in the field of education. Over the years, they staffed many parochial schools, providing Sisters for teaching assignments throughout several US states. Sister Diane Marie Collins was inspired early on by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago who taught her at Sacred Heart of Jesus Grammar School in Gary, Indiana. This led her to eventually join the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in 1968.
Read More about Sister Diane Marie's new ministry and view photos of her trip to World Youth Day

The Human Thread Campaign

Members of the Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment have created The Human Thread. Inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, The Human Thread seeks to foster Catholics’ awareness that promotes solidarity between consumers of clothing and the people who produce them in order to create a more just economy and sustainable communities. Click on the link below to read more about this campaign and you can download Post Cards to participate in the campaign as well.

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Please listen to Horizons, a radio ministry program sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago on Sundays at 6:30 a.m on WIND 560 AM The Answer or again at 11:00 a.m. on WYLL AM 1160.

Horizons is hosted by Dawn Mayer, Vice President of Mission Integration and Pastoral Care for Franciscan Ministries. Father George Kane, a retired priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago is a regular guest on the program as well.

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.