Leadership Team

We joyfully announce the members of the 2021-2025 Leadership Team

Bottom Row:
Sr. Roberta Naegele, OSF – Councilor, Sr. Jeanne Bessette, OSF – President, Sr. Renè Simonelic, OSF – General Secretary
Top Row:
Sr. MJ Griffin – General Treasurer, Sr. Phyllis Wilhelm, OSF – Councilor, Sr. Peggy Quinn, OSF – Vice President/Councilor

Our Earth Campaign

As part of our new “Our Earth” campaign, we are launching the first of six ads on June 7, 2021 on digital billboards around the Joliet area sharing our commitment to care of the Earth. The first ad appears on southbound Weber Road at Renwick.

Care of the Earth is one of our four Corporate Stances.  To learn more about our stances, please click here:  Corporate Stances


As 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.

We have entered into our 156th year and look forward to our unfolding history. We continue to serve where God sends us and hold fast to the words, “Where one of us is, all of us are.”

Below is our Mission Statement.

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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.