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On April 7th, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago were honored for their contributions to the ministry of healthcare. The Sisters have had a long history in the field of healthcare starting with the opening of St. Joseph Home for the Aged and Crippled in 1898 in Chicago. Throughout the years, the Sisters followed in the footsteps of their foundress Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, providing care for the elderly and the sick in hospitals and nursing homes and providing housing and services for residents in independent, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. The Sisters served in various roles, often as nurses and nursing aides, nursing directors, pastoral care, healthcare marketing, as well as on the board of directors for various nursing home communities and other positions of leadership.

Below you may download a summary of all the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago who served in various positions in healthcare as well as the story of the Archangel Raphael, the patron of healthcare.

Download the the Celebration of Life PDF

God bless the current Franciscan Sisters of Chicago and all those who served in the past in healthcare:

Sr. M. Bernadette Bajuscik
Sr. M. Joella Bielinski
Sr. M. Petronia Budzinski
Sr. M. Clare Brunkala
Sr. Diane Marie Collins
Sr. M. Rosemary Ferus
Sr. M. Helene Galuszka
Sr. Paula Frances Howard
Sister Jean Therese Jarosz
Sr. Anne Marie Knawa
Sr. Doloria Kosiek
Sr. M. Josetta Kuczmarski
Sr. M. Colette Kwieczka
Sr. M. Francine Labus
Sr. M. Gabriel Lazarski
Sr. Emilie Marie Lesniak
Sr. Kathleen Melia
Sr. M. Dorothea Micek
Sr. M. Dolorine Piwowarski
Sr. M. Francis Clare Radke
Sr. Lois Marie Rossi
Sr. M. Monica Sendlosky
Sr. Jeanne Marie Toriskie
Sr. M. Celeste Walkowski
Sr. Joseph Marie Zenda