Who are the sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth?
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth was founded in Rome, Italy in 1875 by Frances Siedliska, a Polish noblewoman. The sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are an international apostolic congregation of vowed women religious. They believe that the Holy Family of Nazareth, three persons in communion with God and each other, obedient and faithful to the will of God, reveals the profound reality that God is present in the most simple and ordinary experiences of human life.
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) have been serving families and children in the United States since 1885 when they arrived in Chicago to help assist the wave of immigrants from Europe. The Sisters minister in the classroom, in healthcare institutions, in parish ministry, prison ministry, social service ministry, retreat ministry.
What is Their Mission?
This vision, which so captivated the foundress, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (Francis Siedliska), is the source and inspiration for their life and service. Sharing in Jesus’ mission of spreading the Kingdom of God’s love, they engage in a variety of ministries with and in the Church. Mindful that it is in an environment of love that persons come to fullness of life, they witness a family spirit among themselves, and are dedicated to the moral and religious renewal of family life. They are committed to creating communities of love and hope which celebrate the oneness of the human family.
Therefore, the Sisters’ mission is to spread the Kingdom of God among themselves and then to promote it among others, particularly among families.
Where They Live and Serve
Holy Family Province, the U.S. Province of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, has some 230 sisters living and serving in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas. Our Provincialate is located in Des Plaines, IL, a Chicago suburb.
For more information about the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and their mission, visit them online at www.nazarethcsfn.org.