Francis of Assisi desired to live the Gospels - he did not set out to create a movement. He chose a radical way of living by seeing God in... Please email Jeanne Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this offering.AboutFrancis of Assisi desired to live the Gospels - he did not set out to create a movement. He chose a radical way of living by seeing God in all creation.The Wheaton Franciscans are committed to sharing the Franciscan story and spirit with all. We are excited to welcome our fourth cohort to this special [...]
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“Let us begin to do good, for as yet we have done little.” -St. Francis of Assisi Francis of Assisi desired to live the Gospels – he did not set out to create a movement. He chose a radical way of living by seeing God in all creation. The Wheaton Franciscans are committed to sharing the Franciscan story and spirit with all. The Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life program is cohort program that explores how each of us is called to live a values-based life in our world today. Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life is open to people of all, or no, faith tradition who want to [...]
Living Prayer Holy Thursday/Good Friday - Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." John 13:15 Two images capture my imagination as I reflect on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The first is the image of Jesus wrapping the towel around his waist and washing the feet of his disciples. A true model of servanthood and leadership. The second image is of Simon of Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry the cross. In the case of Simon of Cyrene, I [...]
An Invitation to Be Light Fifth Week of Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:18-19) Fr. Thomas M. Santa, CSsR, writes, “Most people-centered stories of Jesus in the gospel are about relationship, intimacy, forgiveness, and mercy. They’re about becoming whole, integrated, and filled with life. None of Jesus’ stories are about righteousness, judgment, sin, and punishment. We might hear the stories recast that way, but that [...]
August 6 & 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—77th AnniversaryOn these two days we remember the only two times that nuclear weapons have been unleashed during warfare. We also remember the horrendous immediate human cost, and the continuing long-term effects on global societies. Sadako Sasaki, born on January 7, 1943, was a Japanese girl who became a victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the United States. She was two years old when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She was at home with her mother about 1 mile (1.6 m) from ground zero. Miraculously, she was thrown out through [...]
August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—76th AnniversaryThese days are for remembering the only two times that nuclear weapons have been unleashed during warfare. We also remember the horrendous immediate human cost, and the continuing long-term effects on global societies. These weapons of mass destruction instantly obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 people, mostly civilians. Thousands more died in the following months due to burns, radiation sickness and other injuries, compounded by malnutrition and illness. Many more continued to suffer and die from the long-term effects of radiation exposure over the next 20-40 years. Since those two [...]
In 2021, we are grateful to celebrate and rejoice with our 5 Sister jubilarians and one Covenant Companion jubilarian. We celebrate their lives and their commitment to living Gospel values. To learn more about each Jubilarian click the button with their name. 70 Years Sr. Dorothy Birk What attracted you to the Wheaton Franciscans?I was taught by Franciscan Sisters and Franciscan Fathers. During my high school years, Father Jesper Maus, a friend, introduced me to Sister Hyacinth at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Sister was the one who convinced me to go [...]
Happy New Year!We are writing with an update related to the ongoing reality of the coronavirus pandemic. Although this new year brings us some hopeful signs, the current reality remains a challenge. The pandemic continues to surge locally, nationally, and around the globe.The safety of our sisters in residence and essential staff continues to be our primary concern. We also know that we are part of a larger community and want to do our part to reduce opportunities for the virus to spread, not only to protect our campus, but to protect those we serve. We choose to take our [...]
“A charism needs to be “lived according to the place, times and people. The charism is not a bottle of distilled water. It needs to be lived with energy.” - Pope Francis Charism is a gift or grace from the Divine for the sake of ALL creation. It is the enduring and underlying energy or essence that challenges us to change so that we continue to meet the new needs of the times within our personal and communal reality. Mission is the action or service that meet current needs. The Wheaton Franciscans seek to share our charism and mission through invitation, networking, community-building, and [...]
Although we cannot physically gather now, we want to take this time to honor our 2020 Sister and Covenant Companion jubilarians. Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the lives and contributions of our 7 Sister jubilarians and our 3 Covenant Companion jubilarians. Please join us in recognition of their commitment to living Gospel values. Message from Provincial Directress Sr. Melanie Paradis: 70 Years Sr. Mary Patrick Salm What attracted you to the Franciscan way of life? “After high school I worked in the main office at St. Elizabeth [...]