"The essential mission of those religious undertaking apostolic works is the proclaiming of the word of God to those whom he places along their path, so as to lead them towards faith. Such a grace requires a profound union with the Lord, one which enables the religious to transmit the message of the Incarnate Word in terms which today's world is able to understand (cf. ET 9)."

-Essential Elements in the Church’s Teaching on Religious Life, III. VIII. para. 31

The Source and Means of our Apostolic Works

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.