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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

July 04
Monday 9:00 AM
Queen of Angels Chapel
July 24
Sunday 1:00 PM
10300 W. 131st St., Palos Park
SWIFT congregation members and their invited guests are welcome to enjoy a barbecue and games for kids of all ages. Sign up with the SWIFT representative at your place of worship. A head count is needed by July 18. For information or rain cancellation\, please contact Mohammed Nofal, 708.253.2834.

Please bring with you: a side dish (salad, pasta, etc.) and dessert—enough for your family and a little bit to share.
NO ALCOHOL. Provisions are made for dietary requirements of all faith groups (Halal/Kosher/Vegetarian, etc.). Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and pop are provided by SWIFT!

There are no tickets to purchase for this event. However, you may drop off any amount you wish at the picnic in the Free Will Offering box to help with SWIFT expenses and programs. Join us for an afternoon of fun!

You can find us at and on Facebook, SWIFT South West Interfaith Team.
Peace Memorial Church Grounds
August 06
Saturday 7:00 PM
Save the date for a wonderful evening of jazz with the Bob Kase Jazz Quintet. His trumpet sound is familiar to many through movie sound tracks, pop artists, jazz recordings, jingles and more. As a studio artist, he has performed with many international recording stars, beginning his career with Sonny and Cher and continuing a long and successful performing career, including stints with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, The Temptations, Lena Horne, Wayne Newton, Natalie Cole, and many others. Having traveled the globe as a trumpet soloist, he brings an always charming and infectious musical personality to every performance. He has assembled an incredible group of the finest jazz musicians to bring an evening of entertaining and swinging jazz that has something for everyone!
Call Gerry Guzaitis at 815.464.3882 for more information.
The Motherhouse at St. Francis Woods
August 27
Saturday 1:00 PM
Arlene Astrowski and David Vander Laan will be accepted into the Associate relationship during this special event.
St. Francis Woods Library

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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