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Our foundress, Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel, was drawn to the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi, who left a legacy of faith characterized by selfless giving and the spirit of love; he loved every person without measure or discrimination.  The care and compassion of St. Francis was continued in this country when Blessed Mother Maria Theresia sent six Sisters from Olpe, Germany to Lafayette, Indiana in 1875 to begin a ministry of healthcare and education for the poor and neglected. 

St. Francis continues to be a source of inspiration for Franciscan Alliance as we fulfill our mission of “Continuing Christ’s Ministry in our Franciscan Tradition” by loving and caring for the "least" among us—the unloved, the poor, the uncared for, the person who has no health insurance, the person who is shunned by society today. Within our means, we turn no one away… 

Walking in the footsteps of St. Francis, we remember his teachings:  “For it is in giving that we receive.”  Everyday, you can see the difference your gifts make in our Franciscan Alliance communities.  Those differences are:  1) Patients who could not otherwise afford healthcare are served, 2) Hospice and palliative care programs are funded for patients in need of special end-of-life care, 3) State of the art medical equipment is purchased for diagnosis or restoration of health, and 4) Educational opportunities are afforded to our professional staff to stay current in their clinical areas of expertise.

We invite you to explore our website, and learn more about the Franciscan Alliance Foundation and our healthcare family.




Sister Jane Marie Klein, OSF
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
Franciscan Alliance, Inc.

Caitlin A. Leahy
Corporate Executive Director 
Franciscan Alliance Foundation

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your 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.