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Blessings from Jan through Mar 2024

We give thanks for the immense blessings within our community at the start of the year!

Indonesian Sisters Offertory Dance

In January, it was time to say farewell to Indonesian Sisters Imeldine Pasaribu and Auxiline Pakpahan, who arrived in August to learn English and to experience more of our congregation’s spirituality and culture. In addition, we welcomed Sister Tarcisia Lumbanslantar from the Indonesian Province to develop her English and communications skills, as well as her new role as Congregational Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator. We were blessed to share in their own cultural and spiritual practice through their offertory dance.

Paczki Day and Mardi Gras

On February 13th, Sisters and Associates gathered in celebration of Fat Tuesday! We let the good times roll while enjoying paczki, King’s Cakes, and quality time together.

BE Love Day

On Saturday, March 2, Sisters, Covenant Companions, and members of the Wheaton Franciscan Faith Community participated in BE Love Day at the Illinois Community for Displaced Persons (ICDP) and Feed My Starving Children. Our volunteers sorted through clothing donations, packed meals, and assembled packages for men, women, and children in need. We cherish these opportunities to be a blessing in a our community.

Catholic Sisters Week

From March 8-14, we celebrated Catholic Sisters Week and the incredible contributions of Women Religious within our communities. The theme we chose – “Celebrating Traditions, Changing the World” – highlighted the Sisters’ unwavering commitment to building a better future.

On Friday, March 8, the Sisters and Wheaton Franciscan Community gathered for prayer and reflection at our Taizé Service in the Chapel. As Catholic Sisters Week continued, we shared the Sisters continuing efforts toward a brighter world with the Lenten Donation Drive, resources to decrease textile waste, and encouraging communication.

We extend our deepest gratitude and admiration to Catholic Sisters for their tireless dedication and selfless service in communities around the world.

When working with the Sisters, your love and guidance have been a constant source of strength and inspiration for me. Your dedication to serving others and living out the values of faith is truly admirable. Thank you for your many years of efforts in making our communities brighter, kinder, and more compassionate. Everyone has been in our thoughts and prayers! Wishing everyone a blessed and happy Catholic Sisters Week! 💗

Facebook Comment from Emily España

Happy Catholic Sisters Week! Thank you all for welcoming my family each week. So many lovely memories of joining your community for mass. You all have had such an impact on our family in such a meaningful way. Blessing to all of you. ❤️

Facebook Comment from Diane Tinkler Augustine

Many blessings to all of the Sisters! Thank you for all you do. ❤️

Facebook Comment from Bev Biernat DeJovine

Spring Luncheon

Sisters and OLA Associates celebrated the beginning of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day with a luncheon this past Thursday, March 20. We savored a delicious meal, great company, and festive decor. Such a blessing to be able to gather together in fellowship!


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