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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.


They Might Be Saints

The program They Might Be Saints on EWTN will air a documentary on the life of Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik on October 4th at 8 AM (Central Time).  


 Hosted by Michael O’Neill, host of the radio show The Miracle Hunter, the documentary will include re-enactments of her life, “miracles”, and interviews.  This documentary will also be available to view at a later date on  Click below to read an article on the making of this documentary

Congratulations to our 2023 Jubilarians! 

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Sr. M. Joella Bielinski
75 years
Sr. M. Helene Galuszka
60 years

Crossroads Newsletter
The Newsletter of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago is now available! 

The Miracle at Assisi Hill

Local Author Publishes New Novel with Inspiration from Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik

Local Lemont author Pat Camalliere has written a novel inspired by Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik titled The Miracle at Assisi Hill. She recently sat down for an interview discussing the project and how she learned of Mother Mary Theresa's story.  The book has now been published and is available for purchase.  Read her interview below. 

Pat will also be appearing with Sister Jeanne Marie at the Lemont Public Library on Sunday, September 24, from 2-4 PM. The two will discuss the Saintly Cause of Mother Mary Theresa and Pat's wonderful new novel and how she was inspired by Mother Mary Theresa.

"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

In Loving Memory of
Sister Diane Marie Collins

Birth date: April 30, 1950

Entered into Religious Life:  August 25, 1968

Born Into Eternal Life: 
August 4, 2023 


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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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