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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...


Foundress Day 2018

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago celebrated Foundress Day on December 8th. It was on this day on December 8th, 1894, that Josephine Dudzik established the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Blessed Kunegunda (the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago’s original name) at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago. This year is the 124th anniversary of the founding of the Order.

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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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Advent 2018

Advent is the beginning of the Church's liturgical year and our season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Advent prepares us to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas as we consider the mystery of the incarnation, anticipate Christ's second coming at the end of time and look for the ways Jesus is born in our lives each day. It begins on Sunday, December 2nd.

Here you may download and listen to Advent podcast reflections provided by the Catholic Health Association and review links to other Advent resources.

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FSC Associate Group Day - Saturday, November 3, 2018

Gratitude
- Presenter: Deb Scerbicke, FSC Associate
by Jill Kachin, FSC Associate

Our presentation took place in Marian Hall after Mass and morning coffee. Deb began the morning with the prayer, Lord of the Harvest. This prayer relates to the changing of seasons: from summer -> fall -> winter. In a very simplistic way one may also see the changing of the seasons as analogist to the practice of gratitude or gratefulness. One may envision gratitude as the conduit between the "good/happy times" and the "difficult times" in one's life once one accepts all as gift. Click Here to read more.


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


Autumn Dinner Dance 2018

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago held their annual Autumn Dinner Dance on October 19th at DiNolfo's Banquets in Homer Glen, Illinois. This year the guests enjoyed dinner and live music by the Together Band. To begin the night's festivities, the Golden Thread Award was presented. The Golden Thread Award is an annual award bestowed upon an individual whose loyal and faithful commitment has enabled the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago to continue their ministries. Click Here to Read More.


Our Lady of Victory Convent Missioning 2018

On Friday, October 5th, employees from Our Lady of Victory Convent joined the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in Sacred Heart Chapel for their Missioning ceremony. This event is celebrated annually as the Sisters show appreciation for all those who work for them and provide words of thanks and wisdom. After the ceremony, everyone gathered in Marian Hall for a delicious brunch.


Thursday, September 20th, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Mother Mary Theresa was born Josephine Dudzik on August 30, 1860 to John and Agnes Dudzik in the tiny village of Plocicz in the western Poland. She was baptized and made her First Holy Communion at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kamien Krajenski, Poland. Read More Here


The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Elect Leadership for 2018-2023 Term

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago recently held their 21st General Chapter this past June. The General Chapter is a week long period of reflection and prayer for the Sisters as they plan the congregation’s next five years and also elect leadership for the 2018-2023 term. Click Here to Read More
(Below from Left to Right - Sister M. Bernadette Bajuscik, General Minister, Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie, General Vicar, Sister M. Helene Galuszka as General Councilor)
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Crossroads - Summer 2018 Issue
Newsletter of the
Franciscan Sisters of Chicago


Now Available!

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Chef Appreciation Week

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago recently serenaded the staff of Unidine and gave them thanks for all their hard work for Chef Appreciation Week.

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The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago and the Sisters of St. Casimir participate
in their first retreat together



Thirty-two Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Sisters of St. Casimir and FSC Associates attended a retreat from July 13th to July 19th in Marian Hall at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont. Read More Here


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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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!

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 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.