Faith and Service
Students are encouraged to attend services of the church of their choice. Catholic services are available daily and Protestant services are available weekly in the chapel of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. These are open to all students. Special services are held for the opening of the academic year and graduation.
We believe the Judeo-Christian tenets underlying the nursing education at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing promote values essential for the development of a personal and professional philosophy of God and humankind. These values, inculcated throughout the curriculum, guide the learner to evolve into an ethical and accountable professional nurse.
The College of Nursing offers many opportunities for students to fulfill their spiritual needs. These include mass, rosary nights, prayer groups, prayer rooms, and community resources.
Please consider prayerfully gathering in worship at the OSF St. Francis Medical Center Chapel. Each person is invited to join in worship at one of the daily Masses beginning at 6:15 a.m. (when the Franciscan Sisters gather) and again at 12:00 p.m. Saturday Mass is at 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass is offered at 11:00 a.m.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is offered each Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
The chapel is located on the second floor of the main hospital building. If one were to exit the North Building (via the door going to Subway), they could simply enter the main hospital building and go up the stairs and turn right to enter the Chapel area. The Chapel is on the second floor and signs are posted throughout.
Persons of all faith backgrounds are welcome to gather for Liturgy or for a moment of prayer and reflection in the 100 year old Gothic style Chapel which is the central place of worship of the Medical Center and the home chapel for College of Nursing students.
Students may wish to regularly visit this chapel to view the ornate windows, light a candle or to enjoy some quiet prayer and meditation. One may wish to pause where the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have been beginning and ending their days of dedication to persons they serve for a century. It is open 24 hours a day and promises to be a place of quiet and peace at the center of a very busy health care system.