Monthly Archives: October 2022

The IBVM General Congregation Elect New Leadership

Congratulations to the new General Congregation Leadership for the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). After prayerful preparation and discernment on October 22, 2022, the delegates elected the Institute Leadership Team Pictured left to right: Geraldine, Mary, Carmel, Kate, and Natalie. Institute Leader:Carmel Swords, Irish ProvinceInstitute Consultors:Natalie Houlihan, Australia, and Southeast Asia ProvinceMary Kamotho, Eastern Africa ProvinceGeraldine Moktan, South Asia ProvinceKate Myers, English Region  On Sunday, October 2, 2022, we blessed Sr. Judy Illig, Sr. Barb Nelson, and Sr. Krista Parra as they began their journey to serve as delegates to the IBVM General Chapter in Manresa, Spain. We [...]

The IBVM General Congregation Elect New Leadership2022-10-27T17:58:15+00:00

St. Clare Regional Community Fall Gathering

On Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, the Wheaton Franciscans gathered for the purpose of “reconnecting and deepening as the St. Clare Regional Community. On Friday, the Sisters met to listen to updates and engage in dialogue impacting vowed life. On Saturday, Covenant Companions joined the gathering to hear an update on the continued evolution of Tau Center and to share stories personal stories of our living our Wheaton Franciscan charism. At the conclusion of the Regional Gathering, Sr. Melanie Paradis, Regional Directress, officially convened the Saint Clare Regional Assembly 2023 to be held September 20-24, 2023. This assembly [...]

St. Clare Regional Community Fall Gathering2022-10-27T01:09:11+00:00

Blessings – October 2022

Pet BlessingSunday, October 2, 2022 The Wheaton Franciscans were happy to welcome a variety of pets at our Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Among many other beautiful things, St. Francis was known for his love of animals and his ability to connect with them. It is said that he treated animals with the utmost respect, love, and care. The story of the Wolf at Gubbio demonstrates St. Francis’ ability to listen to the needs of the wolf and the people of Gubbio. Legend has it that St. Francis even preached to the animals about God’s love [...]

Blessings – October 20222022-10-20T19:23:26+00:00

Our Anniversary YearOctober 4, 2021 through October 4, 2022 As I reflect on our community’s past 150 years in the United States and 75 years in Wheaton, my dominant feeling is one of gratitude for God’s gracious and loving presence with us.  Beginning in 1872 when our pioneer courageous Sisters came from Germany to establish the beginning of our province in the USA to the relinquishment of our flourishing and successful health care and housing ministries in 2016, the wisdom and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit has been with us.Not all the years rolled by smoothly.  On two occasions throughout [...]

2022-10-12T16:32:56+00:00

October 2022 Weavings Reflection

This Reflection Has Gone to the Dogs... and Cats... and Birds!Part II: Wheaton Franciscan Cats and Birds We continue our journey into lessons learned by Wheaton Franciscans living intimately with God's creatures.Click on the photos to enlarge them Sister Pat Norton has lived with many animal companions: "Since moving to Wheaton in 1972, I have had the privilege to share life with 6 animals--4 dogs and 2 cats. While living with Sister Rosie I told her one day that I was sure that having a dog would improve my spiritual life. How could she argue with that? So, [...]

October 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-10-04T20:10:15+00:00

Remembering Sr. Mary Elizabeth Glueckstein

     March 20, 1942  - September 30, 2022 VisitationDate: Friday, October 7, 2022Time: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. CDTLocation: Wheaton Franciscan Sisters26W171 Roosevelt RoadOur Lady of the Angels ChapelEntrance #5Wheaton, Illinois 60187Family Members and Friends are also invited to attend. We ask that you be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. Memory ServiceDate: Friday, October 7, 2022Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CDTLocation: Wheaton Franciscan Sisters26W171 Roosevelt RoadOur Lady of the Angels ChapelEntrance #5Wheaton, Illinois 60187Family Members and Friends are also invited to attend. We ask that you be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.The service will [...]

Remembering Sr. Mary Elizabeth Glueckstein2022-10-05T23:10:02+00:00
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