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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...

Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Announce Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant Winners

Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie announced the 2018 Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant winners in a video presentation. Click the link below to view the presentation and read the official press release. Thank you to all who participated this year.

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Celebrating Our Faithfulness

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago are celebrating their 21st General Chapter in June, 2018. The General Chapter is a time of reflection and prayer for the Sisters as they review their life and practices over the past five years and plan for the next five years as well as choose their leadership for the 2018-2023 term.

Click the link below to see a video photo gallery of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago through the years, beginning with their foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik and progressing through the years with the Sisters in various ministries such as education, nursing, and elder care.

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Swinging for the Sisters
9th Annual Golf Outing - May 15, 2018

Save your Tee Time! The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago announce their 'Swinging for the Sisters 9th Annual Golf Outing' will be on May 15th, 2018 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. Call Vicki Olsen
at (630) 243-3556 or email at VOlsen@chicagofranciscans.com
to participate in this event.

Preparation for the Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik on September 20, 1918

A Reading from the Chronicle of
Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik

"With the exception of what we received every month from the relatives of the crippled boy, all the rest of the residents were charity cases. In spite of this, God was ever ready to help us. St. Joseph, too, who was chosen as the patron of our group and our project from its very inception, aided us in all our needs both temporal and spiritual. We never sought the help of God or St. Joseph in vain, even though we did have to seek aid quite often."

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Newsletter of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
Winter 2017/2018 Issue

Now Available!

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The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago formed a singing group called 'Daybreak' in the 1970's. This group travelled and sang for many people at parishes, schools and churches.

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The Grotto

Here is a short video for prayer and inspiration of the Grotto area here on the OLV Convent grounds. The music is the song 'Ave Maria' and is from the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago singing group, Daybreak's album called 'A New Kind of Freedom'.

Click on the 'Play' button on the bottom left
to view the video.

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 123 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.