"For this reason He has sent you to the whole world that by word and example you would be witnesses to Him, and would bring everyone to the knowledge of the Omnipotent God, beyond whom there is no other." -- St. Francis of Assisi

On Nov. 24, 1970, two sisters of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sr. Alphonsa Bobek and Sr. Helen Haladyna, arrived in Texas. They came to Texas at the invitation of Rev. Peter Kolton, who in 1966, to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Poland, built a Shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa in San Antonio. The sisters took on the responsibility to take care of the Shrine and promote the devotion to the Blessed Mother. The Shrine is located at 138 Beethoven in San Antonio, and now serves as a gathering place and museum.

The sisters were warmly accepted and welcomed by Archbishop Francis Furey. A month later, Sr. Zbigniewa Kaczmarczyk, the Mother General of the Congregation, came from Poland and approved the establishment. She also promised to send more sisters to follow the charism of their Order in Texas. The sisters took employment at a nursing home in San Antonio owned by Ms. Muriel Merrit, who later built a chapel where the sisters were able to worship. In 1976, the sisters purchased this nursing home and another nursing home in Kenedy, Texas. They renamed them: St. Francis in San Antonio and John Paul II in Kenedy.

Today the nursing homes are Catholic-nursing facilities. Through them, the sisters serve the needs of the aged and infirm, mentally retarded and physically handicapped, without regard to race, religion or creed. There are now 18 sisters in Texas. Their work is recognized by the entire community and the residents of the facilities are from all over the country.