About Us

About Our Retirement Communities

At Franciscan Ministries, nothing is too small for us to celebrate! Each day is filled with possibilities and good times because that’s how we choose to live and serve. Our mission is to help you recognize and enjoy the happy moments in your daily life—they are all around you. Just take a close look and you’ll find them.

Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago

Today, Mother Mary Theresa’s mission is continued by Franciscan Ministries (FM), which was established in 1988 by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Franciscan Ministries was organized to coordinate all of the Sisters’ sponsored ministries and extend its charitable mission. Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago encompasses:

  • Franciscan Communities: A division offering senior care, education and community-based services. Recognized as a leader in senior housing and healthcare services, they currently own and manage senior living communities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
  • Franciscan Community Services, Inc.: A division providing home and community-based health care services in Illinois and Indiana.
  • Franciscan Community Benefit Services, Inc.: A division that includes St. Jude House, a family violence prevention center and shelter in Indiana; and Madonna Foundation, which provides tuition grants and enrichment programs for young women attending a Chicago area, Catholic high school.
  • Franciscan Advisory Services: A division that provides consulting services to other organizations.
  • St. Joseph Senior Housing: A division that provides an affordable housing option for independent seniors in Illinois and Kentucky.

Our Mission

As a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, our mission is to: Celebrate Life and Serve with Joy.

Our Values

  • Respect: Reflect God in all we do.
  • Dedication: Passionately carry forward this ministry entrusted to us.
  • Stewardship: Responsibly use the gift of our resources.
  • Joy: Give from our hearts.

"The friendliness of all the residents and staff. . . the "Good Mornings" and "Good Afternoons" said with a smile. That truly makes my day."

Lee S., resident of Franciscan Communities

"As the song goes "There's no place like home." My place here is "home sweet home." Employees provide service with kindness and there's so many good people to talk to."

Bernard S., Franciscan Communities Resident

"Mt. Alverna has such a friendly and caring personality and atmosphere. The skilled care helped me achieve independence and regain strength. Even the social activities reinforce physical therapy. I am blessed to have been able to rehab at this facility this past Spring."

Rev S., Mount Alverna


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Franciscan Ministries is dedicated to providing quality senior living communities, service lines and charitable programs. See how you can help support our mission.