Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George
Main Number: 618-463-2750
Ssr. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM
P.O. Box 9020
1 Franciscan Way
Alton, IL 62002-9020
The special mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George is to be simply ready in obedience to God’s call – and, therefore, to make the merciful love of Christ visible in their service.
Founded by Mother M. Anselma Bopp in 1869 in Thuine, Germany, the Congregation sent five sisters in 1923 to the United States, where there are now 120 sisters in 16 convents, serving Christ and the Church in a variety of apostolic works: health care, education, child care, work with the elderly, nursing home, parish and diocesan office work, service in Bishops’ households and priests’ retirement homes, as well as service to their own sisters.
In order to fulfill their lives of service, communal and private prayer are at the heart of their relationship with the Lord. Daily celebration of the Eucharist, meditation upon and reading of Scripture, the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic adoration, the rosary and stations of the cross, characterize their lives of prayer.
Entrance requirements: ages 18 to 30 (exceptions can be made); good physical, mental, and moral health; appropriate personal maturity; and the desire to give oneself totally to the Lord.