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The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis is a community of active Sisters engaged in the healthcare apostolate. We own and operate 7 hospitals and 1 nursing home in Illinois and Michigan.  We were founded in 1877 in Peoria, Illinois by Mother M. Frances Krasse and Bishop John Lancaster Spalding.  For more information about our community please visit our website:



Postulant Lucy

Postulant Lucy

Hi, I’m Lucy  I entered the postulancy with the sisters in June of 2011.  My formation so far has included volunteer work at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, class work and experiencing life with the Sisters. 
To learn more about the postulancy visit our Postulancy page

Sister Veronica

Sister M. Veronica

My name is Sister Veronica and I am a Junior Professed Sister.  First, I should start by saying a little about myself. I am a CT and MRI Technologist by trade and have been working in the field for 5 years.  I am a convert of 10 years. While at college I started asking those existential questions, and through that intellectual search, God led me home to the Catholic Church. Since my conversion, I realized the desire of my heart is to offer my life to Him in its totality. After visiting this Franciscan community, I have come to know that this is where He has been leading me for so long. I am now at home.  August 6, 2010 I professed my first temporary vows of 2 years with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.  For information on what it means to be a Junior Professed Sister or temporary vows click here.

Sister Rose Therese

Sister Rose Therese

Hello, I’m Sister Rose Therese and I’m the Vocation Director for our community.  I’m not one of the main authors but do make the occasional post.  I came to the community in 2003 and made perpetual vows in 2010.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2009 5:55 pm


    Please know that i hold you in my heart this Easter Season.

    Alleluia! Christ is risen.
    The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

    Pax et Bonum.
    Friar Rex

  2. April 20, 2009 10:13 am

    Friar Rex,

    Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this most sacred season. Know that you are in ours as well.

    Prayerfully in Christ and St. Francis, Sister Veronica OSF

  3. Ann Creech permalink
    August 17, 2009 9:36 am

    Hi Sr. Veronica, I am glad that you answered the call . More powere to you . I will also keep you in my prayers. Ann

  4. Kristoforus Nenang permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:46 am

    May God always bless you forever

  5. Ann Creech permalink
    March 9, 2011 9:59 am

    Hi Sr. Veronica and Sr. Mary Frances,

    A friend and I were talking on the phone the other night and she made a comment that she knew of a family that lived in the Bishop’s mansion because they had such a large family. I don’t remember that but the mother was the mother of the year in either 1963 or 1964. Could either one of you find out please because I don’t ever remember it and the gal said that the family lived in a house just as you are going past St. Francis on Glen Oak. It got me buffalo about it. Thanks for any help. Ann Creech P.S. I always keep you in my prayers.

    • Sister Mary Francis permalink
      March 13, 2011 11:00 pm


      Thank you for your prayers. I will ask about your question and the family you mentioned in your comment.

      God Bless You and thank you

  6. Yahna Kateri Greyeagle permalink
    March 26, 2011 3:30 pm

    God bless you three, in different stages of your formation. May God infuse His holy Joy into your lives, and may you live your lives in grateful knowledge that He who has called you will continue to woo you to Himself in total surrender to His will for your lives.

  7. Joe Barber permalink
    January 22, 2012 3:39 pm

    Love seeing the sisters in holy habit.
    I use to be an Anglican Franciscan Friar.


  8. Rori campbell permalink
    March 28, 2013 3:06 pm

    I am starting orientation to the secular order of Franciscan in Wisconsin. I am so attracted to religious life but…. Probably too old to start now : )

    • April 24, 2013 9:08 pm

      Hi Rori,
      Congratulations on beginning your formation as a secular Franciscan.
      As far as age is concerned, our usual age limit is 40, but we sometimes we can make exceptions.

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