Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis

Sr. Mary Frances Lutty

I was born on Troy Hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1921, to Frank and Josephine (Fichter) Lutty. When I was in the seventh grade, I thought about religious life and, in fact, my cousin who was a year older talked with me about it. I told my cousin to wait until I finished eighth grade and we could go together, but by the following year neither of us thought any more about it. After graduation, I attended a girls’ Catholic high school which was close to the business section of Pittsburgh.

I always desired to draw closer to the Lord, and I frequently prayed for guidance. While working at a boy’s Catholic high school, a Marianist Brother asked me if I ever thought about being a Sister; and that prompted me to think more seriously about religious life. Having great devotion to St. Anthony to find things, I asked him to find the right religious community for me. While looking through a publication of the St. Anthony Messenger, I saw an advertisement for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis which mentioned Perpetual Adoration and the care of the sick. Both appealed to me, so I wrote to the community and went for a visit in late 1949. The Sisters were very gracious and kind, and an atmosphere of peace and joy was evident. On February 2, 1950, I entered the Community.

The day after my First Profession of Vows, I was assigned to St. John’s Hospital to work in the accounting office. This would not have been my choice, but I accepted that it was God’s will. After Final Vows in 1957, I assisted the Provincial Treasurer at St. Francis Convent, and in connection with my work, I had the joy of visiting our missions in Chicago, Illinois, Carthage, Missouri, Shreveport, Louisiana, Page, Arizona, and the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. As a part of my ministry, I served on the Microcom Team (a post Vatican II renewal effort) and visited all of our Province’s missions and branch houses.

In 1982, I was elected as a General Councilor of the Generalate and lived in Muenster, Germany, for six years. During this time, I visited our sisters in Germany, Poland, India, Japan, and Taiwan. There was also a visit to Korea as a site for a future mission that became a reality under the Japan Province.

Now in this chapter of my life, I am privileged to spend more time with the Lord in our St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel as I pray for the needs of many people. I give thanks to God for his many blessings and find consolation in his unconditional love and support.