Out of an abundance of caution and prevention, the Prayer Evenings scheduled for the months of March, April, and May as well as the Prayer Lunch scheduled for April 8 have been cancelled.

The Afternoon Tea benefiting the Joliet Franciscan Sisters scheduled for Sunday, April 26, at the Jacob Henry Mansion has been canceled.  We hope to reschedule this later in the year. 

The Bluestem Earth Festival scheduled for May 16, 2020 has also been cancelled.

We will continue to post our events on the right side of the website and will continue to keep you notified of any changes.  Thank you for understanding.

You are remembered in our prayers.  God bless you.


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 155th 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.

Please take a minute to browse our site and learn more about our community, ministry and latest news.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Tuesday Night Prayer Service – Cancelled Until Further Notice

    May 18 @ 7:00 pm - December 27 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Anniversary Celebration

    October 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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.