Mother Clara wrote in the Founding Constitution that the Sisters were to do…
“whatever charitable work the Lord gives them opportunity to perform in holy love.”
Welcome to the Wheaton Franciscan Archives!
The Archives hold our most treasured artifacts and documents collected since 1872 when the first three Sisters came from the motherhouse of the congregation in Salzkotten, Germany. The Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, came to the United States in 1872 and have a history rich in responding to the needs of a constantly changing society, with a particular preference for serving the poor. Just as many remarkable stories can trace their roots to humble beginnings, the Sisters’ proud heritage stems from the vision and courage of a young German woman.