150th_Banner2As Sisters of St. Francis, we embrace the Gospel way of life. We accept the challenge Jesus first gave Francis of Assisi, “Go, rebuild my Church.” Under the patronage of Mary Immaculate, we open ourselves to the Spirit of God at work within us. Following the example of our foundress, Mother Alfred Moes, we are women religious who take risks, assume new tasks and devote new energies as we seek out those in need and share our lives with them.

This year marks our community’s 150th Anniversary. We Remember our past foundation set by our foundress, Mother Alfred Moes in 1865. We have continued on her path, honoring her legacy of service and dedication. Through our missions to Brazil, commitments to action on topics of peace, justice and sustainability, as well as our years of dedication to the Joliet community, we Celebrate this momentous year. We invite all to join us and Embrace this year and our future. For updates, events, or congratulations please join us on our 150th Facebook page!

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Prayer Life

Community and Prayer are two things that are essential in our lives. As Franciscan women, we pray “always and everywhere.” While the Eucharist remains central to our lives, prayer enriches us in a variety of forms, both communally and individually. Click the title or icon above for more information.

Vocation Stories

Recognizing that God is calling you isn’t always easy. Sometimes you choose to ignore the signs while other times you clearly see where life is directing you. Read personal vocation stories of our Sisters and follow their journey to fulfilling their life through faith. Click the title or icon above for more information.

Our Mission

Led by the Spirit, we embrace the Gospel life by commitment to Franciscan values and respond to the needs of our time through prayer, community and ministry.