Franciscan Sister of the Atonement

   Sr. Patricia Hackett


Are you seeking a COMPANION ON THE JOURNEY and wish to deepen your Relationship with Christ? If you are interested, please contact Sr. Patty, who completed Training in spiritual direction in 2012, at (734) 475-9005 to set up a session. 

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – We will explore the Catholic tradition of Prayer of the Saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, learn, discuss, and have ongoing opportunities for the practices of Meditation and entering Prayer that will open us up for a deepening relationship with Christ. Sessions will be held on Monday evenings in the K of C Room from 7:00-8:15 PM beginning on September 25th. Please contact Sr. Patty at (734)475-9005 to register.

THE SISTERHOOD OF WOMEN – Sr. Ann was inspired to develop a ministry where women could come together to explore what it means to truly be a sister to one another. We will delve into the Spirituality and practical considerations of how all women can reach out and support one another as true sisters. Prayer, Reflection, and Discussions in small groups will be the format. All discussion is based on an openness and receptivity to the thematic material and the Guidance of the Spirit. All sharing will remain confidential in the session to Facilitate trust. The group will meet in the K of C Room two Sunday afternoons a month from 2–4 PM. And is open to Women of all ages. PLEASE SEE THE BULLETIN FOR THE UPCOMING SESSIONS.

LAVENDER GRACE – Meets one to two times each month on Tuesday evenings to Pray, discuss spiritual articles or topics of interest to the group. If you are interested in joining the group, please call (734)-475-9005 for details.

HERMITAGE DAY- Do you ever wonder what it would be like to come away for a day for a spiritual refresher? As part of The MARTHA/MARY Ministry, you can request such a day That will begin after morning mass until 3PM. You can Spend the day in solitude with scripture, reflect with the background of nature, have the option to meet with Sr. Patty and have access for reflection/adoration in the Little Portion Chapel. Refreshments will be served in The true Martha spirit, while you, the Mary, will contemplate with the Lord. 

Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement
14228 E. Old US Hwy. 12
Chelsea, MI 48118

To make a donation to the sisters, checks MUST be made out to The Franciscan Project and can be left in the office or mailed to the above address. Thank you. 


In 1997, The Franciscan Project, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt organization was co-founded in Detroit by two Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, Sr. Patricia Mary Hackett, SA and Sr. Ann Francis Mahany, SA. The Project was initiated to be a peaceful Gospel PRESENCE in a  neighborhood. A family literacy program, children's organic garden and adult computer literacy program were developed in partnership with foundations, organizations and the volunteer support of Ford Motor Company. 


In the spirit of the St. Francis of Assisi, solidarity with the poor, care for the earth and the promotion of environmentally safe practices are constituent dimensions of the ministry. 


Following their relocation to Chelsea, Michigan in 2008, the Sisters initiated the Martha/Mary Contemplative Outreach Ministry for Women. They offer contemplative evenings, a reflection group, hermitage days, spiritual direction/companionship and workshops on spirituality.