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ROOTED in the Gospel, UNITED in prayer and community,
WE SHARE Franciscan joy, AND SERVE generously.

-- Mission Statement of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago

We're an exceptional congregation of women who share the commitment of daily prayer and service. We do this by ministering in the fields of 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, and our ministry.

Franciscan Community Benefit Services is one of 18 charities chosen by the Chicago Auto Trade Association to benefit from First Look for Charity. 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 while supporting a worthy cause.

First Look for Charity is scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2023, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive in Chicago.


In Loving Memory of

Sister M. Gabriel Lazarski

Birth date:  January 10, 1926

Entered into Religious Life:  February 2, 1947

Born Into Eternal Life:  January 9, 2023


Crossroads Newsletter

The new winter issue of Crossroads, Newsletter of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago is out now!  Download your copy today!


National Catholic Schools Week was established in 1974 as a celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January every year and is observed throughout the week. This year National Catholic Schools Week begins on January 29 and ends February 4.  In observance of this special week, we are paying tribute to all the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago who served in the ministry of education. 


A New Design for Heritage Hall

Phase one of the upgrade of Heritage Hall is now complete and on display.

On the first floor of Our Lady of Victory Convent is a room dedicated to the extensive history and legacy of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. This room is called Heritage Hall and it documents the start of the Congregation, the life of its foundress, Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik, and pays tribute to all those who served as Franciscan
Sisters of Chicago in the many ministries the Sisters sponsored for over 125 years.

Our History


View a historical timeline of the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago.

"The Miracle Hunter"
on EWTN Radio

Will Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik be our next American saint? Listen to an interview between Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie, OSF, and host Michael O'Neill about the holy life, ministry, and Cause of the Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago.

00:00 / 18:00

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"I felt the misery and suffering of others, and it seemed to me that I could not love Jesus, or even expect heaven if I were concerned only about myself...not suffering any inconvenience, but simply living in comfort." 

- Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik, Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago

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