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Meet Our Sisters

Visit convents and ministries of Chicagoland Catholic Sisters during National Vocation Awareness Week — November 3 – 9

Chicago area members of Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) invite you to the inaugural Meet Our Sisters Tour, a collaborative event during National Vocation Awareness Week to raise awareness of the vast presence of Catholic sisters who live and serve in Chicagoland. The self-guided tour is open to anyone who wants to learn more about how to build a culture of vocation in our world today and to develop a better understanding of religious life. This year’s participants are Giving Voice, School Sisters of Notre Dame, the Congregation of St. Joseph, Sisters of St. Francis, Adrian Dominican Sisters, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, and Wheaton Franciscans.

Each participating congregation, community, and ministry has set hours on specific days for you to drop by to meet a sister and learn more about how Catholic sisters continue to be a presence in the lives of so many people. For more information, please email MeetOurSistersTour@gmail.com.

What is National Vocation Awareness Week?

National Vocation Awareness Week, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is designed to help promote vocation awareness. This annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States occurs on the first full week in November. NVAW is dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education. NVAW also emphasizes a renewal of our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

This is your invitation to learn more and to help us build a culture of vocations…

Visit convents and ministries of Chicagoland Catholic Sisters.

Tucked between expressways and hidden among the bustle and noise of city and suburban life is the powerful, yet often quiet, influence of Catholic sisters. These women have dedicated their lives to serving God and spreading the kingdom of His love. We invite you to explore the ways Catholic sisters live and work in Chicagoland by visiting their homes, their chapels, their heritage rooms, and their ministries during National Vocation Awareness Week.

Each participating congregation, community, or ministry has set hours for you to drop by to meet a sister, briefly tour their facility and learn more about how Catholic sisters continue to be a presence in the lives of so many people.

The sisters look forward to meeting you, but please respect their privacy and time by ONLY visiting during the designated tour times.

Meet Our Sisters Passport: PDF
Social Media Toolkit: PDF

Giving Voice
School Sisters of Notre Dame
Congregation of St. Joseph
Sisters of St. Francis
Adrian Dominican Sisters
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Wheaton Franciscans

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS:

     


        

Website:
giving-voice.org
Facebook:
@giving.voice.sisters
Twitter:
@Young_Nuns
Instagram:
@givingvoicesisters

Giving Voice – 5401 S Cornell Ave, Chicago
Ministry
Giving Voice is a peer-led organization of young Catholic sisters (under 50) from diverse congregations throughout the U.S. Giving Voice organizes retreats, gatherings, trainings and leadership opportunities and provides space online for sisters to connect and build bridges across congregations. Our office is located at Chicago Theological Union in Chicago.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour

Tuesday, November 5, 12 – 4 pm
Wednesday, November 6, 12 – 4 pm




Website:
amssnd.org
ssndcp.org
Facebook:
@ssnd.northamerica
Twitter:
@School_Sisters
Instagram:
@ssndsisters

Corazón a Corazón – 12731 S Wood St, Blue Island
Ministry
This sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame offers ESL classes and after-school care. Following a brief tour, meet some of the sisters who work there and learn more about our SSND ministries in the Chicago area.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Monday, November 4, 5 – 7 pm
Tuesday, November 5, 9 – 11 am
Wednesday, November 6, 5 – 7 pm
Thursday, November 7, 9 – 11 am

 

Mater Christi – 2431 S 10th Ave, North Riverside
Convent
The School Sisters of Notre Dame are a vibrant international congregation of vowed apostolic women with nearly 2400 sisters living and ministering in 30 countries. We are faithful to the mission of Jesus, bringing love and unity to our world for 186 years. Our life in mission integrates prayer, community life and ministry. Our international presence calls us to address urgent needs of our time, particularly those of women, youth and those who are poor or marginalized. For us, education means enabling persons to reach the fullness of their potential, hence transforming lives and societies. Meet some of our sisters and learn more about our SSND ministries and history in the Chicago area.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Sunday, November 3, 1-3 pm



Website:
csjoseph.org
Facebook:
@congregationofstjoseph
Twitter:
@congofstjoseph
Instagram:
@congregationofstjoseph

Taller de José – 2831 W 24 Blvd, Chicago
Ministry
A ministry of accompaniment of the Congregation of St. Joseph for those needing to find social services. The executive director, Anna Mayer, CSJ Associate, along with some Sisters of St. Joseph, will explain the ministry, tour the facility, and talk about how this ministry fits the CSJ mission and charism of unity of reconiling love. Check out this brief video: www.facebook.com/TallerDeJose/videos/1261254803991271/

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Monday, November 4, 10 – 11:15 am

 

LaGrange Park Center – 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park
Ministry
Arrive by 11:15 for a short welcome and orientation tour of the Congregation of St. Joseph’s LaGrange Park Center. An early lunch gathering follows, joining center employees and others who want to learn about our sisters’ ministry with migrants at the Texas – Mexico border. Short closing and prayer will follow.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Tuesday, November 5, 11 am – 1:15 pm
PLEASE NOTE:
•To know how many people will attend the lunch, the sisters have kindly asked that you RSVP to vocations@csjoseph.org.
•Please arrive no later than 11:15 and plan to stay for the entire two-hour program.




Website:
clintonfranciscans.com
pbmr.org
Facebook:
@SistersOfStFrancisClintonIa
@PBMRChicago
Twitter:
@PBMR_Chicago
Instagram:
@PBMR_Chicago

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation – 5115 S Elizabeth St, Chicago
Ministry
Precious Blood Ministries is a restorative justice hub in Chicago which fosters community, accompanies and advocates for youth and family members impacted by incarceration and violence. It strives to offer programming from a trauma informed perspective, including its community garden, high school diploma program, wood shop and silk screening.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Tuesday, November 5, 9 – 10 am
Wednesday, November 6, 3 – 4:30 pm

 

Website:
new.sucasacw.org

SuCasa Catholic Worker – 5045 S Laflin St, Chicago
Ministry
SuCasa is a Catholic Worker Community founded by two Mercy sisters and a Christian Brother in 1990 as a home for victims of torture in Central America. Today we provide a home for families seeking asylum at our border and to local families in Chicago. Eight live-in volunteers/workers, including two sisters, support the families and maintain the house.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Sunday, November 3, 4:30 – 7 pm for tour, talk, and supper
Tuesday, November 5, 10 – 11:30 am visit soup kitchen
Wednesday, November 6, 4:30 – 7 pm for tour, talk, and supper

 


Website:
adriandominicans.org
aquinasliteracycenter.org
Facebook:
@AdrianDominicanSisters
@aquinasliteracycenter
Twitter:
@DominicanAdrian
@aquinaslit
Instagram:
@adrian_dominican_sisters
@aquinasliteracycenter

Aquinas Literacy Center – 1751 W 35 St, Chicago
Ministry
The Aquinas Literacy Center is opening its doors to introduce you to the Adrian Dominican Sisters! Meet the Sisters who founded and sponsor the Aquinas Literacy Center at an Open House. Enjoy light refreshments and lively conversation!

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Thursday, November 7, 10am to 1pm



Website:
bvmsisters.org
Facebook:
@bvmsisters
Twitter:
@bvmsisters
Instagram:
@bvmsisters

Gannon Center – Piper Hall, Loyola University, 1032 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago
Ministry
The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) is a community of women religious, who, in response to a personal call from God, have chosen a vowed life of prayer, ministry and community. We express our mission of being freed and helping others enjoy freedom in service to God’s people through our core values of freedom, education, charity and justice. The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, located on the Loyola University campus, was formed to keep the legacy of Mundelein College alive and is named after BVM Ann Ida Gannon, former president.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Wednesday, November 6, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

 


BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF CHICAGO

Website:
osbchicago.org
Facebook:
@BenedictineSistersofChicago
Twitter:
@OSBChicago
Instagram:
@benedictine_sisters_of_chicago

St. Scholastica Monastery – 7430 N Ridge Blvd, Chicago
Chapel, north room, and main hallway
We are Benedictine women called to seek God in prayer and community, serving where there is need. Visit our St. Scholastica Monastery which was built in 1906 including the monastery’s chapel which contains brilliantly painted 1938 murals by Josef Steinhage in the Beuronese style of Germany’s Maria Laach Abbey. The murals were refurbished by Joseph Ramirez and Sean Culver in the 1990s. You will also have an opportunity to visit with some of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago who continue to serve in a number of ministries including education, counseling, spirituality programs, and direct service.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Wednesday, November 6, 1 – 3:15 pm
Saturday, November 9, 1 – 3:15 pm




Website:
nazarethcsfn.org
Facebook:
@csfn.usa
Twitter:
@csfn.usa
Instagram:
@csfn.usa

Holy Family Convent – 310 N River Rd, Des Plaines
Chapel – Heritage Room
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth is an international congregation of vowed religious women dedicated to spreading the Kingdom of God’s love, particularly within families. We do this through active ministry in schools, hospitals, parishes, prisons, and social service agencies. Our sisters have been in the Chicago area since 1885. A sister will be available to show visitors our chapel and heritage room. The convent is located in a separate building behind Nazarethville. Enter off of River Road and drive straight past Nazarethville.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Monday, November 4, 1 – 3 pm




Website:
wheatonfranciscan.org
Facebook:
@WheatonFranciscans
Twitter:
@wheatonfran
Instagram:
@wheatonfranciscans

Wheaton Franciscans – 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Entrance #5, Wheaton
Mission and Vocation Fair
The Wheaton Franciscans are the United States province of an international congregation, the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. A community of vowed women (Sisters) and covenant (associate) women and men, who live the Gospel following the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, and our foundress Mother M. Clara Pfaender. We are a welcoming community striving together to be a Blessing in the Heart of the World.

Open for Meet the Sisters Tour
Sunday, November 3
10:00 am – Eucharistic Liturgy (All are welcome!)
11:00 am – Coffee & Conversation
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Ministry and Vocation Fair (Tour of Chapel, Heritage Room, Tau Center, Spiritualty Ministry as requested)