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We're an exceptional congregation of women who share the commitment of daily prayer and serving the needy along with the joys and sorrows of life in community. We do this by ministering in the fields of senior housing, 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, our ministry.


Novena to prepare for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th)
November 30th - December 7th

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

Click here to download this novena.


Advent and Christmas Reflections 2021
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not covercome it." (John 1:5)

The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago are happy to share the Catholic Healthcare Association's annual Advent and Christmas reflections. This year the CHA provided weekly reflections throughout the season of Advent for all to enjoy. Click Here to visit this page.



"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.

The interview is listed on the show page for "The Miracle Hunter" on EWTN Radio:
https://www.ewtn.com/radio/shows/miracle-hunter



In Loving Memory of
Sister Mary Clare Brunkala

Born:
January 28, 1927

Entered Religious Life:
September 30, 1952

Born into Eternal Life:
November 14, 2021

Click here to read her eulogy



Venerable Mary Theresa Dudik Featured in Chicago Heroes Iconograph Series

Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik has recently been featured in artist Joe Malham's "Chicago Heroes" iconograph series. This series pays tribute to holy men and women from Chicago who did great things in life and in their ministries. He was recently featured in Chicago Catholic and he discussed the series and some of the iconograph art he is producing.
Click here to read this story on Chicago Catholic

Click here to view and purchase his work


Congratulations to this year's Jubilarians! Sister Anne Marie Knawa and Sister Colette Kwieczka are both celebrating 70 years in religious life. Sister Emile Marie Lesniak and Sister Francis Clare Radke are both celebrating 60 years in religious life. Thank you to these Sisters for their work and dedication for all these years! Click here to read their Jubilarian articles.



In the Company of Saints

In 1958, a priest by the name of the Reverend Henry M. Malak visited the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago's Motherhouse in Lemont, Illinois, to give a retreat to the members of the Our Lady of Czestochowa Society. He was then asked by the Sisters to lead a series of future retreats and become a retreat master for them. Father Malak agreed to serve as a retreat master and then asked the Sisters for background and historical information on their congregation to learn more about them.

Click Here to Read this article.


In good times and bad, Sister Theresa and the senior religious shown above here have dedicated themselves to God's work. Together with nearly 30,000 elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests in the United States, they educated the young, tended the sick, and ministered to the needy. Today, they pray for a world that is hurting. Yet many religious communities do not have enough retirement savings and struggle to provide for aging members. Covid-19 has only increased these challenges. Your tax deductible gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps furnish medications, nursing care, and more.
Click Here to Learn more about how you can donate to this fund.


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 Amazon.com. Click Here to purchase online. 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.


Please Visit our Website Honoring
our Foundress!

MotherTheresaDudzik.com

Our Official Website for the Cause of Beatification for the foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik.


The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago is a congregation of Catholic women living the Gospel life and dedicated to serving others for 125 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.