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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.


Madonna High SchoolAlumnae
Reunion Mass and Reception
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Mass followed by reception
Location: Our Lady of Victory Convent
11400 T heresa Drive, Lemont, IL

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Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
125 Years of Loving, Joyful Ministry
Part Seven - The Seventh Period
1975 to 1984
by Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie

The seventh period of the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago covers the years of 1975 to 1984. At the beginning of this period President Ford pardoned former President Nixon for any crimes he may have committed. The Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon and the United States rejoiced in its celebration of its bicentennial. (Left) The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago staffed Five Holy Martyrs School when Pope John Paul II visited the parish in October, as commemorated on this parish bulletin cover.

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This year our annual dinner dance is a special event honoring the 125th Anniversary of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. We hope you can come celebrate with the Sisters on this memorable night!
Location: The Crystal Grand Banquets, 12416 S Archer Ave, Lemont, IL 60439
Dinner will be served and entertainment will be provided by the Together Band.
Call (630) 243-3556 for More Information and Download a postcard here


Triduum Celebration to Prepare for the
Feast of Saint Kinga (July 20th -22nd)

Saint Kinga (also known as Kunegunda) is a Polish Franciscan saint canonized in 1999 by Pope John Paul II. In 1894, when the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago were beginning their new congregation, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik's spiritual advisor, Rev. Vincent Michael Barzynski, CR, suggested the Sisters name their congregation after Blessed Kunegunda. His congregation, the Resurrectionist Fathers, were promoting the canonization of Kunegunda. Thus, the Sisters' original name was the Franciscan Sisters of Blessed Kunegunda. In 1970, the Sisters voted to change their name to the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago (as a tribute to their heritage in the city of Chicago). The Sisters are the first religious congregation of women founded in the city of Chicago. Download this Novena


Jubilee 2019

Sister M. Rosemary Ferus
70 years as a Franciscan Sister of Chicago!

Sister M. Rosemary Ferus was born on May 10, 1931 in East Chicago, Indiana, and entered religious life on August 12, 1949. Sister became a postulant on February 2, 1950 and was then assigned to teach second grade at Five Holy Martyrs in Chicago, Illinois. Sister became a novice on August 12, 1950.

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Jubilee 2019

Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski
75 years as a Franciscan Sister of Chicago

Congratulations and God's blessings to
Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski who is celebrating her 75th anniversary as a Franciscan Sister of Chicago. Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski was born on May 29, 1924 in Conway, Massachusetts and entered religious life on July 26, 1944.

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FSC Associate Group Day - Morning of Prayer
Presenters: Elizabeth Pienta
and Deacon Brian Nosbusch, FSC Associates
by Jill Kachin, FSC Associate

Sister M. Bernadette and the FSC Associates met at Marian Village for our morning of prayer and reflection. As we gathered for morning coffee and refreshments Elizabeth gave us an overview of the schedule for the morning. She and Brian based their presentation on the book, My God and My All: Praying the Rosary with Francis and Clare by David Haas.

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Swinging for the Sisters 10th Annual Golf Outing

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago’s 10th annual Swinging for the Sisters Golf Outing was held on May 21st at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont. This year the golfers braved the cold and wet weather to come out and enjoy a round of golf and support the Sisters' ministries. Click Here to Read More


Sister M. Helene Galuszka Retires from Franciscan Ministries
After 33 years of Service

Sister M. Helene Galuszka recently celebrated a major milestone when she officially retired as Treasury Manager from Franciscan Ministries after 33 years of service. Sister Helene has been an important part of Franciscan Ministries since its inception in 1986.

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Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
125 Years of Loving, Joyful Ministry

Part 6 - Special Issue, The Cause of Mary Theresa Dudzik, 1962-Present
by Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie

This special issue provides an overview of the Cause of Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, the first member and the foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Josephine Dudzik was born on August 30, 1860, in Plocicz, Poland.

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A Celebration of Life: Our Cultural Heritage

On Sunday, May 19th the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago will be holding a celebration to honor each Sisters' cultural heritage and family background. The Sisters have always celebrated diversity amd multicuturalism in their congregation, starting with foundress Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik's own experiences with emigrating from Poland to the United States in 1881. Click Here to download this presentation


Crossroads - Issue 31 - Winter 2018/2019
Newsletter of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago

Now Available!

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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 124 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.