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We're an exceptional congregation of women who 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.



Novena to prepare for the
Feast of St. Clare - August 11th

(August 2nd - August 10th)

Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance! And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead itself through contemplation. So that you too may feel what His friends feel as they taste the hidden sweetness which God Himself has reserved from the beginning for those who love Him.

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Congratulations to this year's Jubilarians! Sister Anne Marie Knawa and Sister Colette Kwieczka are both celebrating 70 years in religious life. Sister Emile Marie Lesniak and Sister Francis Clare Radke are both celebrating 60 years in religious life. Thank you to these Sisters for their work and dedication for all these years! Click here to read their Jubilarian articles.


In Loving Memory of
Sister M. Dorothea Micek

Birth date:  January 22, 1925

Entered Religious Life:  June 15, 1939

Born Into Eternal Life: June 18, 2021

“A cheerful heart is good medicine..."
(Proverbs 1:227)

Read her Eulogy Here

 


The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their 11th annual Swinging for the Sisters Golf Outing on June 23rd at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont. It was a wonderful turnout this year and a beautiful day. Click here to read this article.


FSC Associate News
The Beginnings of the Church
- Acts of the Apostles - Session 2 with Dawn Mayer
By Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

At the beginning of Dawn's presentation, she gave a short review of what had been discussed in the April 10th session. That presentation ended with Pentecost and the beginning of the Christian church. Dawn reminded us that Scripture is history and theology. Scripture as history gives a factual account to the reader of specific events. Scripture as theology speaks to the reader about their faith. Within the stories of Scripture, there were clues for the people of that time-period. For example, certain numbers in Scripture had specific meaning to the people of Jesus' time. Click Here to read more.


In the Company of Saints

In 1958, a priest by the name of the Reverend Henry M. Malak visited the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago's Motherhouse in Lemont, Illinois, to give a retreat to the members of the Our Lady of Czestochowa Society. He was then asked by the Sisters to lead a series of future retreats and become a retreat master for them. Father Malak agreed to serve as a retreat master and then asked the Sisters for background and historical information on their congregation to learn more about them.

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The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago have announced this year's winners of the 2021 Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant. Presentations were made last week and the final decisions have been released. Click here to read this article.


In good times and bad, Sister Theresa and the senior religious shown above here have dedicated themselves to God's work. Together with nearly 30,000 elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests in the United States, they educated the young, tended the sick, and ministered to the needy. Today, they pray for a world that is hurting. Yet many religious communities do not have enough retirement savings and struggle to provide for aging members. Covid-19 has only increased these challenges. Your tax deductible gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps furnish medications, nursing care, and more.
Click Here to Learn more about how you can donate to this fund.


Read Mother Theresa Dudzik's personal memories of seeing the poor and needy in her neighborhood and feeling called to help them. Read about how she founded the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago to aid her in her works of mercy. Read further her own recollections of the deep interior struggles, hardships, and triumphs she experienced as she established the first Chicago nursing home to care for the homeless elderly and orphans of her time. Learn how these initial ministries in healthcare, education, and social work began during the eras of massive economic turmoil, labor strikes and of horrific World War I. Be inspired by Mother Theresa's unwavering faith and trust in God.

The Chronicle is available for purchase in three formats through Amazon.com. Click Here to purchase online. The full color paperback costs $30, the black and white paperback costs $7, and the Kindle edition costs $4.19.

Both paperback editions are also available in the gift shop at: Our Lady of Victory Convent, 11400 Theresa Drive, Lemont, IL, 60439. Call to arrange for curbside cash payment and paperback pickup at (630) 243-3600.


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 125 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.