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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...

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.

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. Download our Save the Date postcard here.

FSC Associate News
Enneagram: A Tool for Spiritual Transformation
- Presenter: Sr. Mary Ellen Ryley, SCMM
by Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

After Mass, we met in Marian Hall for our Associate Day. Sr. Mary Ellen Ryley (Sr. Mel) had given a previous presentation on dreams for the Associates. I enjoyed that presentation and was looking forward to this presentation on the Enneagram. Click Here to Read More Here.

January 27th - February 2nd is National Catholic Schools Week. The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago have had a long history in the field of education. Over the years, they staffed many parochial schools, providing Sisters for teaching assignments throughout several US states. This week we would like to honor all our Sisters who have taught in Catholic Schools over the years. Click Here to Read More.

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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Joseph Skender Retires After 40 Years of Leadership

Skender announces the retirement of Joseph Skender, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Skender credits the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago for one of his company's first major projects. Joe's father owned the company when the Sisters contactracted them to build coach homes at Franciscan Village. Joe was the project manager and his brother Mark assisted. Later Skender was contracted to do an expansion on the beauty shop at Franciscan Village and build the Administration building here. Mr. Skender would go on to making Skender one of the top construction firms in Chicago.The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago wish him the very best in this next chapter in his life.

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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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First Look for Charity
Friday, February 8th - 7 to 11 p.m.
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

Franciscan Community Benefit Services is one of 18 charities chosen by the Chicago Auto Trade Association to benefit from First Look for Charity - a black tie, sneak preview of the Chicago Auto Show, which pampers its guests with elegance not present during the public portion of the show. Be among the first to see hundreds of new cars and trucks - some on display for the first time anywhere - and enjoy world class hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

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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.

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to read these stories

Celebrating Our Faithfulness
21st General Chapter - Video Photo Gallery

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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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'.

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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 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.