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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.







Autumn Dinner Dance Cancelled

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago regretfully announce that the annual Autumn Dinner Dance that was scheduled for Saturday, November 6th, is officially cancelled due to continuing concerns of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  The Sisters are in the process of planning for a dinner dance in 2022.  This will be announced at a later date.  We apologize and wish and pray that everyone remains in good health.


Summer is a beautiful time here at Our Lady of Victory Convent (OLV) in Lemont. Next to the convent is a place of peace and tranquility where many go for prayer and reflection. Here one can view the natural beauty of the outdoor grounds where religious shrines and statues grace the landscape surrounded by colorful flowers and tall trees. Click here to read more.


Novena to prepare for the liturgical remembrance of Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago (September 20th)
September 11th - 19th

Reader: Venerable Mother Theresa wrote: "I realized that it is safest to put all hope in God
alone; in all difficulties, I went to Him for help."
Leader: Only in God is my soul at rest; from him comes my salvation.
ALL: Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope.

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Venerable Mary Theresa Dudik Featured in Chicago Heroes Iconograph Series

Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik has recently been featured in artist Joe Malham's "Chicago Heroes" iconograph series. This series pays tribute to holy men and women from Chicago who did great things in life and in their ministries. He was recently featured in Chicago Catholic and he discussed the series and some of the iconograph art he is producing.
Click here to read this story on Chicago Catholic

Click here to view and purchase his work


FSC Associate News - The Beginnings of the Church - Acts of the Apostles - Session 3
By Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

In June, Dawn continued her presentation on the Acts of the Apostles. In our previous session, the focus had been on Peter, but the focus shifted to Paul during this session. Before our attention turned from Peter to Paul, we heard about a conflict that started in Chapter 11 of the Acts of the Apostles and was resolved in Chapter 15. In Jesus' time, Jewish men were circumcised. However, there were new Christians who were not Jewish and therefore, not circumcised. The topic of circumcision for non-Jewish followers was being questioned and debated. Click here to read more.


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 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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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.