Vocation Profile - Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi

Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi

Sr. Loretta Matas D.S.F.
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507 N. Prairie Street
Lacon, IL 61540


Professed members12 in USA / 150 total
Year founded1849
Generalate/motherhouseLacon, Illinois
Province/federationUnited States

Peoria, IL; Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO
Albania, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine
As the Daughters of St. Francis, the sisters have dedicated ourselves to a life of prayer which is strengthened by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Life according to the evangelical counsels helps us to realize our ultimate purpose: the glory of God and our sanctification. As Franciscans, our aim is the service of Christ in His poor, sick and aged brothers and sisters. Our apostolate is carried out at our nursing home in Lacon, Illinois, and our hospital in Mountain View, Missouri. As we are involved in a variety of roles, we promote respect for the person and for human life from conception to its natural end. In our prayer we ask for the grace to fully live out our charism of poverty, humility and a loving union with God in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, meditation and personal prayer.
Freedom to enter religious life; a desire to live a spiritual life of dedication; good mental and physical health; ability to fulfill the duties of a Franciscan religious; a high school diploma.
The formation program consists of a one-year postulancy, two-year novitiate, and four to five years of temporary vows. Under the guidance of the formation team, the new religious grows in a deeper understanding and appreciation of her vocation, the vows, the Christ life, and the Franciscan spirit. The formation program assists the young religious to grow in a personal love for Christ and a deepening sense of Christian community. The novitiate is at the Motherhouse in Lacon.
Age range/limit
Belated vocations?
Yes: Belated/older vocations are considered.

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