She was born March 23, 1839 in Herbern, Germany, the fifth of six children, and was named Theresia.
-Mother Frances' Last Words to her Sisters
Mother M. Frances had the custom, whenever a crisis arose, she would go immediately to the Chapel and kneel right next to the Tabernacle and remain there until the situation was resolved. The other Sisters came to accept this posture and felt confident that everything would turn out for the best, for it seemed that God could not refuse her prayers.
On one occasion the Sisters reported to Mother M. Frances that their food supplies were dangerously low and that even with begging they did not have enough food to feed the patients they were caring for, much less themselves. Mother M. Frances went immediately to the Chapel and began praying. Within a short time one of the Sisters came to her with concern that a food delivery wagon was parked in front to the house, loaded with food supplies, but that no driver could be found. The wagon remained there the entire day. The Sisters didn’t want the food to perish, so they unloaded the food and stored it in the cellar of the house until the driver returned. The next morning the truck was gone. After a few days the Sisters realized that God had answered their prayers and they had enough food for many days.
When Sister Mary Frances Krasse and her five companions arrived in Peoria in October of 1876 to begin caring for the sick, they first went to St. Joseph’s Church on the South side of Peoria for a visit. They became familiar with the parish Church and its German pastor, Father Bernard Baak on earlier begging trips to Peoria. The Sisters walked into the Church and went up to the front. Sister M. Frances Krasse said out loud in the hearing of her companions: “I promise you, God, I will never turn anyone away you send to me for care.” And then, after a brief pause, and almost as if she had heard a response to her promise, she turned to her companions and said: “The God who called us to Peoria will be the God who will always provide for us.”
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