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Church of St. Francis of Assisi

The ornate Church of St. Francis of Assisi, built from 1920 to 1924, is the centerpiece of the motherhouse of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis northeast of Springfield. See Franciscan Motherhouse.

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Franciscan Life Center (Franciscan motherhouse)

The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, who have served the sick in central Illinois since 1875, have their headquarters on a 300-acre site northeast of Springfield. The order of Roman Catholic nuns purchased the property (then 500 acres) in 1917 … Continue reading

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Ss. Peter and Paul Church

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 426 N. Sixth St., completed in 1866, was closed in 2001 and demolished in 2002. St. Pete’s, as it was known, was formed when Irish and German Catholics decided to form separate parishes in … Continue reading

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St. John’s Hospital

The history of St. John’s Hospital begins in 1875, when a half-dozen nuns, members of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, were assigned to Springfield by Roman Catholic Bishop Peter Baltes of Alton. The nuns, who originally hailed from Muenster, Germany, … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Home

St. Joseph’s Home, a nursing home for the elderly at 3303 S. Sixth Street Road, was opened in 1903. The home is operated by a Catholic order of nuns, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception. The facility … Continue reading

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Ursuline Sisters: Pioneer educators

The Ursuline order of Catholic nuns played an important role in educating Springfield’s young from the mid-1800s through most of the 20th century, founding Ursuline Academy, a high school originally for girls only and Springfield Junior College, for decades Springfield’s … Continue reading

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