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You Belong Here!
Whether you seek interaction with our Sisters, a place to quiet your mind, or opportunities for spiritual enrichment, you are welcome at St. Francis Woods! No matter your spiritual background, if you seek peace, if you are searching for hope, healing or harmony... you belong here.

Upcoming Events at St. Francis Woods

October 03
Monday 4:30 PM
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4. But here at St. Francis Woods we will have a Transitus Service recalling his last days and hours on Monday, October 3, at 4:30 p.m. After the Service in our Motherhouse Chapel, the celebration will continue in the Dining Room with a Potluck Supper. Bring a dish and join us as we remember and celebrate the passing of St. Francis from this life to his eternal life.
Motherhouse Chapel & Auditorium
October 15
Saturday 10:00 AM
Join us for this new 2-day event (10 AM-3 PM both days) that will feature arts and crafts, holistic care and religious goods.
Food and raffle tickets will be $1.00 each. There will be cold sandwiches, chips and sweets.
To donate new items for the event, please contact Sr. Margaret Anne at 815.464.3848.
Clear, plastic storage bins with lids are also needed.
Motherhouse Auditorium

Who We Are

As Franciscan women religious, we attend to and are faithful to God’s continuous creative action in our lives. We respond radically to the Gospel way of life through community living and works of neighborly love.  (Vision Statement)

What We Offer

Welcome to St. Francis Woods, a place of hope, healing and harmony! Nestled amid 50 peaceful, wooded acres, is our Motherhouse, Queen of Angels Chapel, Portiuncula Center for Prayer, Poverello Holistic Center, the historic Heritage Chapel, five hermitages, an outdoor labyrinth, cosmic walk (walking meditation), Stations of the Cross on a paved path, winding wooded paths, benches for resting and enjoying nature, and many sacred places graced by inspiring statuary.

150th Anniversary

"Ask Sister"

Listen to the "It's a Nun's Life" podcast with General Community Leader Joyce Shanabarger:

Congratulations to Our 2016 Jubilarians!


A Closer Look

Have you ever seen a Sister profess perpetual vows?
It is a ceremony filled with beautiful moments.

What is a Prayer?

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