About Us

St Francis Woods

St. Francis Woods is the home of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Frankfort, IL. Below you will find information or links to help you get to know a little bit about us. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Motherhouse lobby will generally be open on weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The lobby doors will be locked on the weekend, other than for those attending 9:30 a.m. Mass. Visitors are welcome over the weekend but need to make arrangements for entrance with the Sister with whom they are visiting.

You are welcome to walk the grounds sunrise to sunset and use our labyrinth and Cosmic walk. Heritage Chapel on the east side of the grounds is open for private prayer, weather permitting.

Mass is held in Queen of Angels Chapel Tuesday-Sunday at 9:30 a.m.  If you use a wheelchair or walker, please enter through the front lobby doors. The lower level entrance has two flights of stairs and no elevator.

Who We Are

We are vowed women religious seeking faithfulness to God's continuous creative action in our lives. As Franciscans, we are impassioned by the Gospel and the spirituality of Francis and Clare as we seek to further God’s dream. 

We are Franciscan Sisters, merciful, joyous and poor, doing works of neighborly love.

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Neighborly Love

For us, neighborly love doesn't stop at the backyard fence. All are neighbors, whether next door or across continents. Connect from wherever you are to this Franciscan congregation of religious sisters and find companions on your journey to encourage and inspire you, to challenge and grow your faith, to bring you unfailing hope that the Divine moves within and among us, as we become the hands and feet of Jesus in service to one another.

What We Believe

With deep joy we awaken hope in our neighbors through works of love. Like Saints Francis and Clare, we journey in the footprints of Jesus through simple, Gospel living: 

  • discerning God's dream for us personally and communally
  • gathering in fraternitas (community) with Jesus as our brother
  • being a welcoming and joyful presence
  • placing our incompleteness in God's transforming heart
  • embracing diversity in our life and ministries
  • furthering the new reign of God
 “The truly poor in spirit, following the example of the Lord, live in this world as pilgrims and strangers.” (TOR Rule Ch. VI-22)

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What We Choose



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