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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 of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
to prepare for the Solemnity of Pentecost -
Sunday, May 31st

(Friday, May 22nd - Saturday, May 30th)

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill our hearts with your heavenly fruits your charity, joy, and peace, your patient endurance, kindness, and generosity, your faithfulness, gentleness, and purity of heart, your goodness, strength of will, and modesty, that we may never weary in the service of our God. By our continued and faithful surrender to your divine inspiration, may we merit to be united eternally with you. Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Download this Novena

Click Here for another novena resource to prepare for the Pentecost created by musician Dan Schutte.

Novena to prepare for the celebration
of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(June 19th)

Father, we honor the heart of your Son broken by human cruelty and inhumanity yet symbol of love's triumph, pledge of all that the human family is called to be. Teach us to see Christ in the lives we touch, and to offer him living worship by love-filled service to our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Celebrate Easter

Get rid of the old yeast. Let us celebrate this feast with the unleavened bread
of sincerity and truth.
(1 Corinthians 5.8)
Download the 'Celebrate Easter' document

Church grants special indulgence to coronavirus patients and caregivers.

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11th Annual Swinging for the Sisters Golf Outing Cancelled

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago regretfully announce that the 11th Annual Swinging for the Sisters Golf Outing that was to be held on June 10th is officially cancelled due to recent concerns of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Unfortunately there are no plans to reschedule at this time. We apologize and wish and pray that everyone remains in good health.

Prayer for Health Care Workers
(U S Catholic Magazine, April 1, 2020)

May the One who blessed our ancestors,
bless all those who put themselves at risk to care for the sick, physicians and nurses and orderlies,
technicians and home health aides, EMTs and pharmacists, who navigate the unfolding dangers of the world each day to tend to those they have sworn to help.

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The Coronavirus Novena

While we face the coronavirus pandemic, let us turn to the face of God in prayer and ask for His healing, His help and His protection. We will pray for all who are affected, for all who are sick and suffering, for all those who work in the medical profession, and for those who have died as well as for their grieving family members. Click Here to Download this Novena

Sister Joseph Marie Zenda:
Bloom Where you are Planted

Sister, teacher, principal, General Minister and Chief Executive Officer, Sister Joseph Marie Zenda has served in many different roles in her time as both a Franciscan Sister of Chicago and a leader with Franciscan Ministries. 2020 marks the 32nd year that Sister has served at Franciscan Ministries, since it was incorporated in 1988.

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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 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.