Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sister Marie Chang

✝ Tuesday, August 21st 2018


For to His angels He has given commands about you
that they guard you in all your ways.”  
Ps 91:11

Sister Marie Chang, O.S.F., Hospital Sister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, died on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 7:45 AM at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.

Sister Marie, the former Filomina (Chinese name: Shih Min) Chang, was born in Beijing, China, on January 21, 1924, the daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth Wong Chang.  She entered the Congregation on October 8, 1945 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1948 in America.

During her many years of ministry, Sister Marie served in various departments of HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin serving at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, Illinois from 1966 until 2005 when she returned to St. Francis Convent.

Sister Marie had a great devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus, and to all the angels, especially her Guardian Angel. She loved to receive statues of angels from her friends and kept them displayed in her room. Her failing eye sight and hearing impairment were difficulties she bore patiently. During the past year, she often asked “Why am I still here? What does God want me to do?” Now she knows.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Peter, Paul, and Joseph Chang; and three sisters, Teresa Chang, Sister Agatha Chang, and Sister Mary Louise Chang.
She is survived by a niece and a nephew, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for more than 72 years.