Supporting Our Mission - How to Give

If you would like to support our Sisters and our apostolic work, please make your tax deductible gift out to:

Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

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Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George
Office of Mission Advancement
1 Franciscan Way
Alton, IL  62002

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Faith Answered in Exact Change

When our German Sisters first set foot on American soil in 1923, it was in order to work at Father Dunne’s Newsboys Home in St. Louis, Missouri. This apostolate proved to be unsuitable for the Sisters. On October 3, 1924, the Sisters embarked on a new apostolic endeavor. With a $60,000.00 loan, they purchased what was then known as the “Nazareth Home” in Alton, Illinois. In December of that year, the Sisters converted this residence for the aged into a hospital known as Saint Anthony’s Infirmary. Although generous benefactors agreed to pay the interest on the loan for the first ten years, the Sisters were nonetheless left with an array of other bills.

Following the example of our foundress, Mother M. Anselma, our Sisters had great faith and confidence that “this was God’s work, and that He would take care of it.” This faith was put to the test on September 30, 1925. The close of that day saw a dilemma - the Sisters simply did not have enough money to pay the contractors who were renovating the facility. Despite their heavy workload, the Sisters prayed late into the night to their special patroness, St. Therese of Lisieux. The Good God and His Little Flower rewarded the Sisters’ confidence. The next morning a donation arrived in the exact amount needed to meet their financial obligation. Our God is truly an awesome God!