-Essential Elements in the Church’s Teaching on Religious Life, III. VIII. para. 31
Apart from Christ we can do nothing (Jn 15:5). Therefore, we make our service in the apostolate an expression of our love for Christ and one another. Then our Community endeavors will produce fruit in abundance, fruit that will lead both ourselves and others to eternal life.
We cultivate and utilize our God-given talents for the glory of God, the advancement of the Church, and the good of our Community because the gifts of the Spirit are given to each one for the common good.
Faithful to our founding spirit, our primary apostolate is health care.
The life of Christ reflected in Saint Francis inspires us to devote ourselves to care for the sick with great charity and joy. We are solicitous for the spiritual, physical, psychological and social well-being of the sick, for Jesus said, “Whatsoever you do for these, the least of my brethren, you do for me” (Mt 25:40).
The love of Christ permeates the work of our Sisters as we strive to continue the mission of Christ and His Church to the total person; to be love, mercy, inspiration, tenderness and compassion to those whose lives we enter. We are to be a cause of Christian joy.
Read more about our Healthcare Apostolate here.
Our Community may engage in professional and general education.
The proper and immediate goal of education is to cooperate with divine grace in forming the true and perfect Christian.
In accordance with the example and teaching of Christ, Christian education takes in the entire scope of human life, not with a view of reducing it in any way but in order to evaluate, regulate, and perfect it.
Historically, most of our education apostolate has been in healthcare related fields, like nursing, laboratory science, and medicine.
Here is a list of current schools and programs offered through OSF Healthcare.
Are you thinking about becoming a Sister or a Nun? Would you like to know more, discuss your discernment or arrange to come for a visit?
Contact our Vocation Director: Sister Rose Therese, O.S.F.phone: (309) 655-2645mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis House of Formation 740 NE Glen Oak Avenue Peoria, IL 61603-3100Email
Are you trying to reach one of our Sisters or find out about an event at our motherhouse, like our annual bazaar?
Call or write: phone: (309) 699-7215mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis Motherhouse 1175 St. Francis Lane East Peoria, IL 61611-1299
Don’t know who to talk to about a healthcare related issue?
Contact: The individual facility or service line, listed here: http://www.osfhealthcare.org/facilities/ Or, Billing and Charity Assistance: OSF Patient Accounts & Access Center at (309) 683-6750 or toll-free at (800) 421-5700 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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