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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...

Foundress Day - December 8th

On December 8th, celebrate the 123rd 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.

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Second Week of Advent:
December 10th - 16th, 2017

God of all knowledge may we have the courage to step outside our "comfort zones" and to acknowledge that we cannot grow spiritually until we admit that we do not have all the answers. Guide us and help us on our journey, as we seek your face. Amen.

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Advent 2017 CHA Podcasts

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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Associate Reflection Day -
Saint Francis, Pope Francis - A Common Vision

Elizabeth Pienta and Brian Nosbusch
By Mary Mosser, FSC Associate - November 11, 2017

After Mass, we gathered in the back of chapel by the sarcophagus of Mother Mary Theresa, the foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Two Associates who were not able to join us for the recommitment celebration on October 1st made their recommitment after Mass.

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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

"After the retreat and novena had begun, a few members of the Rosary Sodality St. Stanislaus Kostka Church visited us on Sunday. Prior to their coming a thought came to my mind during the retreat meditations, and I considered it very beneficial. It was about obtaining an organ so that we could, here in this deserted place and in our home, play and sing together at Midnight Mass in honor of the Child Jesus; so that we could thank Him for all the graces, but especially because He led us to this peaceful environment, as if it were a desert retreat, from the Babylon of Chicago."

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Novena to prepare for the solemnity of
of the Immaculate Conception
(November 29th - December 8th)

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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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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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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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'.

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In Loving Memory of
Sister Leona Watroba

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

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and view photos of her.

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 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.