Our History of Success
(1894 — present)
Our organization has provided compassionate care and community-based
services for over 115 years, improving the quality of life for thousands
Although no single factor has been responsible for our growth
and success, the powerful strength of our faith, Catholic heritage,
committed associates and our continued desire to provide the finest
living, have been catalysts.
Our history dates back to 1894 when Josephine Dudzik, a Polish immigrant,
established a religious congregation of women known as Franciscan
Sisters of Chicago. Dudzik — later known as Mother Mary Theresa
— came to Chicago and was moved to action by the great need
she saw among the city's aged, infirm and poor. The Franciscan Sisters
of Chicago founded St. Joseph Home of Chicago in 1898, the first Catholic
nursing home in Chicago.
Today, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation (FSCSC)
continues Mother Mary Theresa's mission. Established in 1988 in
order to serve and support the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago ministries,
FSCSC creates, manages and perpetuates high-quality senior care
services, a home health agency, an adult day care center, child
care center, a foundation for educating young women and a family violence
As you read
and learn more about Franciscan Communities, you can visualize how
you can become a part of the exciting and supportive
lifestyle that is delivered to you through our person-centered
approach. Our team of professionals strives to exceed your expectations
bringing our vision into reality.
Our organization is an extension of the ministries of Jesus Christ
and Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, and our work continues our proud
tradition of caring. Every associate understands that residents
like you desire a healthy, independent lifestyle so they deliver
this mission by putting it into action daily.
Imagine a place that is dedicated to making every effort to ensure
that you are enjoying the fullness of your life. We believe in our
vision and put every effort forward to achieving it.
A successful company is a leader in change, not a follower, and
that's exactly the kind of leader FSCSC has become in the senior
housing and health care field.
We continue to strengthen our position in the senior care industry
by effectively preparing for the future and continually focusing
on the changing needs of today's seniors. Over time we've expanded
our offerings and have been attentive to providing service and hospitality
above the competition. We would be honored to serve you as a new
FSCSC has brought together a team of professionals who intimately
understand senior living and how to be good stewards of our resources,
never at the risk of reducing quality.
In addition, an independent board of directors ensures that sound,
ethical business decisions are made so that individuals like you,
as well as many others, are assured an exceptional lifestyle.
Do you know the key difference between a profit and a non-profit company? A non-profit
company like Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation does not distribute
any revenue that we make to our owners as profit. Instead, everything we earn
from the fees charged for care and services goes directly into the communities,
programs, amenities and services provided by Franciscan Communities to enhance