In 1885, 11 Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) arrived in the U.S. and quickly set to work helping Polish immigrant children and families in Chicago. Within two months of their arrival, our sisters were staffing two schools and an orphanage. Through the years, our sisters expanded their ministries into 20 states and in Puerto Rico, with hundreds of sisters serving families in schools, health care and child care services, care of the elderly, retreat work, along with parish, prison and youth ministry.
Through March 1, we invite you to share your stories about CSFNs who have inspired you as teachers, healers, mentors, guides, and friends. During National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8 – 14), we will be sharing these stories with our friends of Nazareth through our website and social media as we remember and honor the dedicated work of CSFNs and all Catholic sisters.
First launched in 2014, National Catholic Sisters Week honors the nation’s 45,000 Catholic sisters and all those sisters who have gone before them as founders of schools and hospitals, artists and activists, leaders and spiritual guides for all walks of life.
Using the form below, please list the name of the sister who helped or inspired you along with a brief description of her role in your life. Then, watch for the stories beginning March 8.