Who are we called to be today?
With a rich history of faithful commitment to service, a spirit of determination and innovation, and trust in God’s providence, we, as Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, have left our mark on society in many ways. Founded in 1849 on land near the beautiful Lake Michigan shore, our congregation was the first foundation of vowed Franciscan women to be established in the United States. Throughout our history, we have ministered to those less fortunate, been innovators in the field of special education, and served the world as teachers, pastoral ministers, healthcare professionals, and activists for social justice.
Today, our legacy is alive through the corporate ministries we founded and the lives they have influenced. As Franciscans, we are called to care for each other, transform our community into a source of hope for today’s world, and welcome a future full of promise and possibility.
Meet Sister Helene Mertes
The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi have served, and continue to serve, in many different ministries – from education to pastoral care; from health care to advocacy for social justice causes; as environmental stewards and innovators in services to the developmentally disabled.
Learn about other Sisters by going to the Sisters Today page and selecting one of the Sister profiles.