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Franciscan Spirituality Program - 2nd Wednesdays 10:30 AM

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Tuesday-Sunday at 9:30 AM

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With Franciscan Eyes

Everyday life from a Franciscan perspective

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Breakout Session with Sr. Lovina

World Youth Day at Lewis University

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Celebrating the Centenary as a Franciscan Family

Join Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, OSF, for this worldwide celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Rule with her presentation, "Franciscan Relationship as Sisters and Brothers." The Chicago Region 800th Centenary Committee invites Franciscans and Franciscans-at-heart to this free, livestreamed presentation at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2023, in our motherhouse auditorium. 

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 For those attending online, this page will be the location of the livestreamed presentation. Your registration is still  appreciated even if you choose to attend online.

Our presenter, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, has been Vice President of Mission Integration at the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, for the past thirteen years. Besides her “day job” she is on staff for the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program and lectures widely as a Franciscan scholar and facilitator. Her educational background began at St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame University with majors in Physics/Chemistry/Secondary Education and continued in a Master of Science of the same at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Spiritual development was enhanced by coursework through Retreats International and Ignatius College in Guelph, Ontario. She completed a Master of Arts at the International Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, New York, in the summer of 1999. Her thesis was printed in 2002: A Franciscan Solitude Experience and the Pilgrim’s Journal. Her most recent publication was "Authentic Servant Leadership Out of an Authentic Community Grounded in the Franciscan Tradition" in the December 2022 AFCU Journal.

Upcoming Events

Tue 9/26/23


Tuesday, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Mass is celebrated every day except Monday in our Motherhouse chapel at 9:30 a.m.

Tue 10/3/23

Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, 4:15 PM - 4:50 PM

Each year on the evening before the Feast of St. Francis, Franciscans throughout the world recall his last...

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Spiritual Ponderings

Certified Nurse Assistant / Medical Assistant / Caregiver

* One part-time afternoon shift position (3:00-11:30 pm.)  
* Every other weekend and rotating holidays
* If you are a caregiver, medical assistant or aspiring nurse assistant,
   you will receive tuition reimbursement for CNA training.

CNA Certification
CPR Certification
Proof of COVID Vaccines/Booster

Call Karen Hannon, RN, at 815.464.3860 for an interview.

St. Francis Woods Staff Honored for Years of Service

We are grateful for the dedication and loving service of our St. Francis Woods staff!

Celebrating anniversaries with us this year are (from left):
Paul DeJohn in Maintenance, 5 years
Connie Barajas in Housekeeping, 20 years
Jayne Graham in Care Corner, 5 years
Jim Trautmann, Dietary Manager, 30 years
Mary Lou Nugent (not pictured), Director at the Portiuncula Center for Prayer, 15 years 

Blessings to Our Six Jubilarians!

Although our Jubilee Mass is over, Jubilee is celebrated through the end of the year. You can still send a message to a Jubilarian(s). 

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Sr. Colleen Loehmer 



Sr. Marilyn Renninger



Sr. Josephine Mulcahey