As Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, we live the gospel ideal that God is our Father, Christ is our Brother, and that we ourselves are sisters to one another in the Spirit. We are aware that unity, not uniformity, in the pursuit of our life and mission makes our congregation a "Gospel Community".
As daughters of St. Francis, we love, honor, serve, bless, and glorify God through ceaseless praise and thanksgiving for all creation and for our re-creation in Jesus Christ.
A Religious Associate is a person in the Christian community who feels called to share in the mission and ministry of The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. This involves serving the needs of the Church in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and our foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik. Bonded with the Sisters in joyful generosity born of prayer, study, Scriptural reflection, and an awareness of the current needs of the Church and the world, a Religious Associate strives to live the Gospel and to extend the Good News.
Women and men eighteen years of age or older who strive to live the Gospel and who wish to join in the prayer, faith-sharing, programs and ministries of The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago are invited to become Religious Associates.
If you would like more information on becoming a Religious Associate, please contact the Associate Director at the address below or click here. You can also download our Associate Program brochure here.
Sr. M. Bernadette Bajuscik
Our Lady of Victory Convent
11400 Theresa Drive
Lemont, IL 60439
"I felt the misery and suffering of others, and it seemed to me that I could not love Jesus, or even expect heaven if I were concerned only about myself. . . Consequently, I was constantly occupied with the thought of how I could be of service to the needy and the poor."
— Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik
ROOTED in the Gospel,
UNITED in prayer and community,
WE SHARE Franciscan joy
AND SERVE generously.
-- Mission Statement of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
December 8, 2010
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