Sr. Alicia Torres Vocation Director because that the Women"s community 3808 W. Iowa St. Chicago, IL 60651-3708

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Archdiocese the Chicago


The Franciscans the the Eucharist the Chicago are a Catholic spiritual community, v branches for men and also women who live and serve in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood. Following Christ in the footsteps the Saint Francis, ours life centers ~ above our relationship with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, including daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. The end of our life the prayer and community flow our apostolates: service to the Poor, Evangelization and Teaching. In 2005, Fr. Bob Lombardo C.F.R., came to Chicago in ~ the invitation of His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., to begin a mission to offer the poor, and also to evangelize and maintain a Catholic visibility in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. The site chosen was our Lady the the Angels, recognized for the tragic institution fire which asserted the lives of 92 children and also three sisters of Charity that the Blessed Virgin mar on December 1, 1958. Once Fr. Bob started the Mission, many young adults were attracted to come serve at our Lady the the Angels. Amongst them to be men and women interested in Franciscan spiritual life. In august 2009, in ~ the inquiry of Fr. Bob, Cardinal George authorized a live-in discernment community. Under Fr. Bob’s direction, this ar flourished. It was clear the the mr was motivating a brand-new Franciscan community in Chicago to offer the poor, carry out the job-related of evangelization and also teaching, and have a life centered on the Real existence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The neighborhood would also be witnesses come the complementarity the men and also women (inspired by the Theology the the human body by St. Man Paul II) through a strong commitment come the sisters and also friars working together. With a decree top top September 1, 2010, Cardinal George canonically established the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, with Fr. Bob Lombardo as the Founder and also Guardian (Superior). Top top September 11, 2020, Fr. Bob to be elevated come the Episcopacy through Pope Francis. Bishop Bob continues to offer as the Guardian of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago in addition to his responsibilities as an assistant Bishop of Chicago. The community has continued to flourish in numbers end the years, and our outreaches to offer the poor, preach and also teach the Gospel, which space at the heart of our charism, have actually been an extremely blessed. Every month, 1,000 family members are helped with food and other simple needs, numerous youth and seniors are supported with programs to aid them flourish, consisting of after college programs, bible camps, and senior groups. The belief is proclaimed to thousands of Catholics throughout the Chicagoland area and also beyond v Parish Missions, check retreats, parish talks, institution visits and also teaching religion in poor Catholic schools. As the ar grows, ours apostolate will prosper to develop up come perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and also teaching religious beliefs in more poor Catholic schools and parishes. Right now the sister teach faith in three poor inner-city Catholic schools.

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Completion of college (undergraduate) degree, an excellent physical and mental health, proper maturity for the life and also apostolate, attraction come St. Francis the Assisi and also service come the poor, fidelity to Christ and also the Church.


Postulancy: 6 months-1 yearNovitiate: 2 yearsTemporary Vows: 3-5 years.

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Formation is holistic, working with each new member to aid them thrive personally, spiritually and also communally, step-by-step, acquisition on the new identity as a consecrated religious brother or sister following Christ in the footsteps the St. Francis.Formation includes: • Spiritual: supports for expansion in one’s life that prayer consisting of classes and spiritual direction, learning to collection time aside for personal prayer, ending up being accustomed come the communal prayer life, advent to and also ongoing fostering of knowledge of Franciscan Spirituality and also the treasures of the Catholic Faith, especially the Eucharist• Human: consisting of meetings v the formation director and community meetings, learning how to live virtuously with others in community, allowing appropriate time for exercise and personal growth, emerging healthy & holy limits in the community and also beyond• Intellectual: consisting of classes on spiritual life, Franciscan background and Spirituality, and graduate research studies in Theology• Pastoral: arrival to and integration (over time) right into the apostolate the the community, advancement of identity as a “public person” representing the spiritual community/the Church, occurring healthy & holy borders in the apostolate.