Our Life

"Yes, dear Sisters, let us strive earnestly to lead a life worthy of our calling, that we may sanctify ourselves, and through our good example inspire all with whom we come in contact."
~ Blessed Maria Theresia


Through profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience we are free to give ourselves totally for the Kingdom of God.


For over 150 years our Sisters have continued to foster in a special way the continuous adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.



Mother Maria Theresia, following in the footsteps of St. Francis, founded our order as a family and wanted to see a family spirit.



In imitation of Jesus, our life is spent ministering to others through Perpetual Adoration, Education, Healthcare, and Works of Mercy.



Our Mission Statement


We, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, participate in the mission of the Roman Catholic Church by living the Gospel after the example of Saint Francis and our foundress, Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel. We strive to combine the contemplative life with the active through perpetual adoration and the works of mercy in education, healthcare, and other ecclesial ministries.


The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration continue to serve in education, health care, and other ecclesial ministries in Germany, the United States, the Philippines, and Brazil. In doing so, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus who spent His public life praying, teaching, healing and ministering to others. The Provincial House of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province is located in Mishawaka, Indiana. From there we serve in the Archdioceses of Chicago and Indianapolis, and the Dioceses of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Lafayette-in-Indiana, and Gary.