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The Wheaton Franciscans are the United States province of an international congregation, the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and our foundress Clara Pfaender, the mission of our Province is to live the gospel life, discovered in prayer and community. Through loving presence and service we foster personal and community growth as we respond to the needs of the church and the times.

We live this mission in our daily lives with open hearts and a desire to be a presence of blessing in the heart of the world as expressed in our 2016 Province Chapter Statement.

Our Community Symbol

Our Community Symbol

The outer circle symbolizes oneness and unity with God. The inner circle symbolizes the unity for which the Wheaton Franciscans strive as a community.

The lines linking the circles depict each individual interacting with each other and finding unity in community within the wholeness of the circle. Touching both the inner and the outer circles, the lines demonstrate that in striving for community, persons touch God and each other.

The Tau Cross, with the arm of Christ crossed over the arm of Francis, is the traditional symbol of Franciscans. Here one sees the Paschal mystery of death and resurrection. Unity in community is arrived at over and over again through the openness to dying and rising, which is the life of a Franciscan committed to a life of penance.

And penance, for Francis, meant a life of continuous conversion, of continuous growing as a person into the likeness of Christ.