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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.

The Sisters held a special Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont. This Mass was attended by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago as well as FSC Associates, residents of Franciscan Village and the Sisters of St. Casimir. After the Mass the Sisters celebrated with everyone at a dinner in the dining room of Our Lady Of Victory Convent. Next year is the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago 125th Anniversary. This will be a big year for the Sisters as they make plans to celebrate and commemorate this wonderful and inspiring milestone.

Click here to read more about the life of Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik

Click here to view a historical photo gallery timeline of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago