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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

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 10
Wednesday 4:30 PM
On Wednesday, August 10, the eve of the feast of St. Clare, we will have a Transitus Service and Evening Prayer at 4:30 p.m. in our chapel. As Franciscans, we celebrate and recall the last days and hours of her life and her passing into eternal life. After the prayer service, the celebration will continue in the dining room with a potluck supper. All are invited to join us.
Queen of Angels Chapel, St. Francis Woods, 9201 W. St. Francis R
August 15
Monday 7:45 AM
On August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was assumed into heaven at the time of her death, sparing her body of decay and providing us a foretaste of the bodily resurrection promised to us at the end of time. This is the most important Marian feast and a holy day of obligation\; however, because the feast falls on a Monday, the holy day of obligation is abrogated in the United States and some other countries.
Queen of Angels Chapel
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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