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Our History

Learn about the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago through the various resources listed below. 

History Timeline

Read about the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago on a historical timeline.  

A Heart For Jesus

Read 'A Heart for Jesus' - the story of Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago

Heritage hall

Take a tour of Heritage Hall- 

Purchase The Chronicle by Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik 


Read Mother Theresa Dudzik's personal memories of seeing the poor and needy in her neighborhood and feeling called to help them. Read about how she founded the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago to aid her in her works of mercy. Read further her own recollections of the deep interior struggles, hardships, and triumphs she experienced as she established the first Chicago nursing home to care for the homeless elderly and orphans of her time. Learn how these initial ministries in healthcare, education, and social work began during the eras of massive economic turmoil, labor strikes and of horrific World War I. Be inspired by Mother Theresa's unwavering faith and trust in God.

The Chronicle is available for purchase in three formats through The full color paperback costs $30, the black and white paperback costs $7, and the Kindle edition costs $4.19.

Both paperback editions are also available in the gift shop at: Our Lady of Victory Convent, 11400 Theresa Drive, Lemont, IL, 60439. Call to arrange for curbside cash payment and paperback pickup at (630) 243-3600.

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