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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.


FSC Associate News - Gospel According to St. John - Part 2 - The Book of Signs
by Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

After Mass, we met in Marian Hall for our Associate Day. Dawn is presenting three sessions on the Gospel of St. John. During the first session in January, Dawn set the stage for us. We learned about historical events that affected Jesus and His early followers. Dawn also compared the Gospel of John to the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Click Here to Read More


The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago are holding their 10th Annual 'Swinging for the Sisters' Golf Outing on
May 21, 2019 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.
Call (630) 243-3556 for more information

$275 per ticket or $1000 per foursome
7 A.M. /Registration • 9 A.M. /Shotgun Start
Breakfast and Lunch will be served. There will also be a Raffle and a Split the Pot prize.

Download our Invitation and Registration Card here.


Franciscan Sisters of Chicago 125 Years of Loving, Joyful Ministry
Part Three - The Third Two Decades, 1935 to 1954

by Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie

The third two decades of the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago covers the years of 1935 to 1954. At the beginning of this time period in the United States, the Social Security Act was passed which created a basic right to a pension in old age, and insurance against unemployment. Finally there was a measure of public help for the poor. Click Here to Read More.


Madonna Foundation and the Franiscan Sisters of Chicago Receive the 2019
Dreams to Reality Award

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Resurrection College Prep High School in Chicago honored the Madonna Foundation and the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago with its inaugural "Dreams to Reality Award" at their recent Charity & Truth Gala.

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Lent Reflections

Lent is a time of prayer and renewal and an opportunity to refocus relationships with God. This year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and continues through Holy Saturday, April 20th. We have provided a resource page with links to material, prayers and reflections to guide you through this Lenten season.

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Way of the Cross

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
ALL: Because by your holy cross
you have redeemed the world.
Leader: Jesus replied, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Lk 23:43)
ALL: God the Father delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of
his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col 1:13-14)

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A Celebration of Life
Spiritual Leadership


During this month of March we honor the following Franciscan Sisters of Chicago who served in spiritual leadership roles over the years.
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Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Announce Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant Winners

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago have named The Village of Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst, Illinois, St. Joseph Village in Chicago, and Mount Alverna Village in Parma, Ohio, as the recipients of its annual Teresa Dudzik Innovation Grant. The purpose of the grant, established over 25 years ago, is to encourage advances in serving the poor, elderly, and needy, by providing seed money for outstanding initiatives. Click Here to Read More.


Gospel According to St. John - Part One
by Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

After Mass, we met in Marian Hall for our Associate Day. Dawn is presenting three sessions on the Gospel of St. John. The next two sessions are in February and March. In this first session, Dawn set the stage for us.

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Go Red 2019

On Thursday, February 14th, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their annual 'Go Red' Valentine's Day lunch and festivities to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association.

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Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
125 Years of Loving, Joyful Ministry

Part Two - The Second Two Decades,
1915 to 1934

by Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie

The second two decades covered the years of 1915 to 1934. At this time in the United States, there was an increased consciousness of the condition of poor people. Click Here to Read Part Two.

Read Part One Here.


Jubilee 2019

Congratulations and God's blessings to
Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarksi 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. Sister became a postulant on February 2, 1945 and was assigned to teach second grade at St John Cantius in East Chicago, Indiana. After becoming a novice on August 15, 1945, Sister was assigned to teach fourth grade at St. Stanislaus Bishop Martyr in Chicago and served there until 1947.

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Franciscan Sisters of Chicago - 125 Years of Loving, Joyful Ministry
December 8, 1894 - December 8, 2019
by Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie

Part One - The First Two Decades


First Profession of Vows - the Pioneer Sisters (From left to right) Sister M. Anna Wysinski, Sister M. Angeline Topolinski, Sister M. Agnes Dzik, and Sister M. Theresa Dudzik

It was Saturday, December 8, 1894, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, in Chicago. The hearts of the four novices beat a little faster as they anticipated taking their vows as religious sisters. Rev. Vincent Barzynski, pastor of St. Stani-slaus Kostka Parish, would be receiving their vows on behalf of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In just a few minutes these four Sisters would become the Franciscan Sisters of Blessed Kunegunda, (later called the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago), the first religious congregation to be founded in the city.
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Crossroads - Issue 31 - Winter 2018/2019
Newsletter of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago

Now Available!

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The Peacemaker Award 2018

The Franciscan Federation, a national organization founded in 1965 to promote Franciscan evangelical life, held its annual conference on June 11th through June 14th in Buffalo, New York. Here at the conference, the Peacemaker Award is presented. This award is presented to honor one member of each congregation. This year the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago selected Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie as the 2018 recipient of the Peacemaker Award.

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Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik
Intercession Stories

This month we are featuring stories from people who feel our foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik interceded into their lives. Please visit MotherMaryTheresaDudzik.com to read these stories. If you have a story to share about how Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik has interceded in your life, please email your story to Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie at JToriskie@chicagofranciscans.com.

Click here to visit MotherMaryTheresaDudzik.com
to read these stories


Celebrating Our Faithfulness
21st General Chapter - Video Photo Gallery
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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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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.