Daughter’s of Saint Francis.
Living the Radical Love of Saint Francis.

Over 60 years ago, the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi traveled across the globe to Lacon, Illinois where they settled and began work on their mission. They are the founders and current owners of St. Joseph Nursing Home.

They reside in their Motherhouse which is located adjacent to the Nursing Home. The Sisters also fill many of the staff positions, and this presence gives a constant feeling of spirituality and unselfish giving.

“As the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, our primary goal is the glory of God and the sanctification of its members by fidelity to our Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. Our particular aim is the service of Christ in His poor and sick, as we strive to imitate St. Francis in his poverty and humility. Our daily life includes the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, Personal Prayer. Our apostolate involves us in a variety of roles of service at our hospital in Missouri, and our nursing home in Illinois. We strive to live authentic Religious Life as taught by the Holy Father in conjunction with the Magisterium of the Church.” Council of Major Superior of Women Religious

The History of Our Sisters

A Community of prayer, concern, caring and loving service for others ­ was the spirit of Mother Anna Brunner when she founded the DAUGHTERS OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI in 1892 in Budapest, Austria­Hungary. Under her guidance, a group of young women came together to share in prayer, work and community life, following the Rule and Spirit of St. Francis.

As the Community grew in fervor and numbers, it expanded and began a new Province in Romania, Slovakia, and in 1946, the United States. Today, our Sisters are serving in Illinois and Missouri.

LIFE: Through our life of prayer and ministry, the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, carry on the mission of Christ in the world, through caring for the sick, aged, and youth in hospital, nursing home, CCD class, and social work.

As Franciscans, our Sisters have dedicated themselves to the service of God, joining the Spirit of love of the Gospel, joy, humility, simplicity and poverty. Holy Mass and the Divine Office are celebrated daily within the Community.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRANCE -Young women desiring to respond to Christ’s call- “Come Follow Me” -are welcome into our Community. They are asked to be:

  • Free to enter religious life 20%
  • Have a desire to live a spiritual life of dedication 40%
  • Good mental and physical health 60%
  • Ability to fulfill the duties of a Franciscan religious 80%
  • A high school diploma 100%

FORMATION – The Formation Program consists of a one year Postulancy, two year Novitiate, and four to five years of Temporary Vows. Under the guidance of the formation team, the new religious grows in a deeper understanding and appreciation of her vocation, the vows, the Christ­life, and the Franciscan spirit. The Formation Program is to assist the young religious to grow in a personal love for Christ and a deepening sense of Christian Community.

Visit their website: www.laconfranciscans.org

History of St. Joseph Nursing Home

St. Joseph’s was opened in Lacon, IL in 1965, with a capacity for 50 residents. In 1968, due to demand, a new wing (St. Francis Wing) was added with a capacity for an additional 49 beds. The number of beds was then reduced to increase our ability to provide other services and office space. Currently there are a total of 93 beds available for resident care.

St. Joseph’s has established a reputation as the facility of choice in our area. We are a Catholic health care facility that is open to the community regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, or religion. We are licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Aid. We are current members in good standing of Life Service Network, Catholic Health Care Association, and American Association of Homes for the Aging.

In July of 2008, St. Joseph’s obtained Medicare certification for all beds in our ministry to better serve our community.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;.
and where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
and It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.