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On Sunday, May 18th, the NACC presented the Outstanding Colleague Award to the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago for the support of chaplaincy and pastoral services by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation (FSCSC). Sister Francis Clare Radke, Chair of the Board of Directors, accepted the award on behalf of FSCSC.

FSCSC is the parent company of Franciscan Communities, which currently operates and manages senior living communities in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois. Franciscan Communities also provides home and community-based health services in Indiana, a shelter for women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence in Indiana, affordable senior housing communities in Illinois and Kentucky, and a program that increases access to Catholic High Schools for young urban women on Chicago's north side who are experiencing economic difficulties.

The Outstanding Colleague Award is presented to "an individual or to a group whose work has proven complementary to, supportive of, or otherwise has contributed to the advancement of the profession of chaplaincy in a significant and lasting way."

The decision to grant this Award to FSCSC was based on the strong support of chaplaincy and spiritual care throughout the system. This support begins with the outstanding leadership of the chair of the Board of Directors of FSCSC, Sister Francis Clare Radke, who has provided consistent and passionate support for pastoral care and chaplaincy services since 1983. Her leadership is complemented by the strong and inspiring leadership of Jeanette Lindish, Vice President of Mission and Pastoral Care; and is lived out in the entire pastoral care staff whom Jeanette describes as, "such amazing people and I am truly blessed to minister with them."

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In recent years, as financial constraint is required of all healthcare entities, FSCSC continues to strengthen its pastoral care services, viewing chaplaincy as essential to quality care for their residents, associates, and the communities they serve. Representing the sponsors, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Sr. Francis Clare Radke is persistent in recognizing pastoral care and mission leadership as integral to the leadership team. Jeanette Lindish in her mission and pastoral care leadership role is known as a fierce advocate for the role of pastoral care in each of the communities.

Through the departments of Mission & Pastoral Care, FSCSC is currently engaged in an executive Formation Program to assist in the development of all leaders as ministry leaders. This three-year program, in affiliation with the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, is another example of FSCSC's commitment to spiritual care and formation throughout the system.

Download a copy of Sister Francis Clare Radke's speech

Please view our video "Pastoral Care: Binding the Pieces" below: