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Our Ministries

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago is a congregation of Catholic women living the Gospel life and dedicated to serving others for 123 years. We serve the people of God through works prompted by our charism: care for children, the sick, the infirm, and the elderly; and pastoral and social services.

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago have adapted to the changing needs of society and expanded and refocused its ministry to respond to the changing needs of those served. The ability and need to serve continues to evolve and we are responding with new ministries in the areas of affordable housing, home health, hospice, and various community benefit services.


Guided by its Franciscan spirit, The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago celebrate life and are committed to joyful, compassionate service.


Madonna Foundation:  The Madonna Foundation, established in 2001 by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, is a charitable entity that increases access for young women to attend Catholic high schools in the Chicago area. The Foundation annually awards tuition grants to about 60 girls who demonstrate financial need and the potential for academic achievement. Financial support averages $2,700 per year. In many cases, without the Foundation’s financial aid, these young women would not be able to attend Catholic School.


Located in Crown Point, Indiana, St. Jude House serves as a safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their dependent children. St. Jude House offers support to victims as they pursue violence-free lives. Nearly 650 adults and children come to St. Jude House seeking safety and peace every year. On November 13, 2015 St. Jude House celebrated their 20th Anniversary. Since opening in 1995, more than 13,000 people have come through the doors of our shelter St. Jude House. Thank you for your prayers and support.


Franciscan Ministries are 10 independent, assisted, and skilled nursing facilities located throughout the Chicago area, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio. These communities serve more than 1,200 seniors each year, providing clean, secure housing and compassionate care. Along with the highly-trained staff, The Sisters offer residents serenity, dignity, and person centered care.

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