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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.

Novena to prepare for the celebration
of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(June 19th - June 2th)

God is love, let heaven's adore him;
God is love, let earth rejoice;
Let creation sing before him
And exalt him with one voice.
God who laid the earth's foundation,
God who spreads the heav'ns above,
God who breathes through all creation:
God is love, eternal Love.

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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

FSC Associate News - We Walk in Hope - The Journey of Holy Week and Beyond
Sister Janice Keenan, OSF - Saturday, April 13th
by Mary Mosser, FSC Associate

After Mass, we met in Marian Hall for our Associate Day. Sr. Janice asked us to recall a walk we had taken. The walk that came to mind wasn’t a significant event in my life, but it was memorable. Click here to read more

Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
125 Years of Loving, Joyful Ministry
- Part Five - The Fifth Period, 1965 to 1974

by Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie

The fifth period of the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago covers the years of 1965 to 1974.
(Below: In the 1970's, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago music group 'Daybreak' played music and sang for many audiences and recorded two albums. Click Here to Read More

Walk will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
11500 Theresa Drive, Lemont, IL 60439
Please contact Betsy Garbrecht for more information at (331) 318-5170.

Please use this website to register

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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.

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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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!


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.