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You Belong Here!
Whether you seek interaction with our Sisters, a place to quiet your mind, or opportunities for spiritual enrichment, you are welcome at St. Francis Woods! No matter your spiritual background, if you seek peace, if you are searching for hope, healing or harmony... you belong here.

Upcoming Events at St. Francis Woods

Who We Are

As Franciscan women religious, we attend to and are faithful to God’s continuous creative action in our lives. We respond radically to the Gospel way of life through community living and works of neighborly love.  (Vision Statement)

What We Offer

Welcome to St. Francis Woods, a place of hope, healing and harmony! Nestled amid 50 peaceful, wooded acres, you will find:

Our Motherhouse

Queen of Angels Chapel

Portiuncula Center for Prayer

Poverello Holistic Center

the historic Heritage Chapel

five hermitages

outdoor labyrinth

Cosmic Walk (walking meditation)

Stations of the Cross on a paved path

winding wooded paths

benches for resting and enjoying nature

sacred places graced by inspiring statuary. 

Congratulations to our 2017 Jubilarians!

Please see the Events tab on this website for brief biographies and visit our Facebook page at for a video.

"Ask Sister"

Listen to the "It's a Nun's Life" podcast with General Community Leader Joyce Shanabarger:

A Closer Look

Have you ever seen a Sister profess perpetual vows?
It is a ceremony filled with beautiful moments.

What is a Prayer?

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