“Our beloved sister in heart and the Kelly family’s beloved wife and mother and grandmother, Covenant Companion Laurette Kelly, has been breathed into the infinity by our God….now the union she always longed for. Laurette died around 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019.” -Sr. Georgene L. Wilson Click to View Obituary Click to View Reflection By Sr. Georgene L. Wilson Click to View Eulogy By Mary Kelly Laurette Kelly read the Course of Miracles in the 1980s and it changed her life. She was married, the mother of eight [...]
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October 1—International Day of Older Persons International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on October 01, 2019. This day was initiated by the United Nations in 1990 to honor the efforts of the elderly and the value they bring to society. Today, 900 million people are over 60 years old. By 2050, it is estimated that 2 billion people (about 22% of the world’s population) will be over 60. Between 1950 and 2010, the average life expectancy rose from 46-68. People over 60 serve society as leaders of countries, businesses, educational efforts, and spiritual growth. They often care for and educate young children in the home, care for sick family members and mentor young adults. But many face [...]
"Sister Rosemarie Burian lived life fully and brilliantly with open heartedness and depth of soul. In her dying with quiet dignity on September 22, 2019, she expressed her complete surrender to God." Visitation/Memorial ServiceThursday, September 26, 2019Visitation from 3:00 - 8:00 PMMemorial Service at 4:00 PMMass of Christian BurialFriday, September 27, 2019Service Begins at 10:00 AM Both Thursday & Friday services will be held in the OLA Chapel see address below:26w171 Roosevelt Rd. Entrance #5Wheaton, IL 60187 Obituary:As a young woman her life as a vowed Franciscan Sister was rather ordinary. She served [...]
by: Father Phil Horrigan
by: Father Phil Horrigan
September 1—World Day of Prayer for Creation The world-wide Season of Creation opens on Sunday, September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The season extends through the feast of St Francis, the patron of ecology, on October 4th. This year’s theme for the season is: The Web of Life-Biodiversity Is God’s Gift. This day and throughout the month, we are invited to marvel at the wonders of creation, taking time to appreciate and savor nature’s many gifts. It is also a time to take action to protect and promote biodiversity. Each creature on our richly diverse planet reveals [...]
Franciscan Sisters Congregational JPIC Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 3 July 2019 Click here to view the latest JPIC Newsletter.
August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki At 8:16 AM, over Hiroshima on August 6 and at 10:58 AM on August 9 over Nagasaki, in 1945, the course of human history changed forever with the dropping of 2 nuclear bombs during World War II. This violent ushering in of the nuclear age stunned humanity with is overwhelming destructive power. In a single horrible blast, whole cities could be wiped off the face of the earth, and subsequent radiation exposure continued to claim victims even 20-30 years later. Since then, nuclear armed countries have developed even more powerful and [...]
July 11—World Population Day July 11th, World Population Day, seeks to raise awareness of issues around world population. The world’s population has grown from 3 billion in 1960, to 5 billion in 1987, to about 7 billion now. Despite having the Earth capacity to produce enough food for everyone, the increasing environmental degradation, armed conflicts, and population displacements cause by both of these, makes food growth and distribution difficult. With food and water crises comes additional human rights abuses and further losses of biological diversity needed to maintain a healthy environment. Increasing population also brings growing demands for energy. Even [...]
June 5—World Environment Day Celebrated in 100 countries, the UN’s World Environment Day calls all citizens of the world to raise awareness about the care of Earth. Further, it is a day to foster action to protect the environment. Earth is our mother. She sustains and protects us and all life on our planet. This year, China will host the World Environment Celebrations on June 5th—the theme is air pollution. The main events will be held in Hangzhou, in the province of Zhejiang. China was chosen to host the events because of the great strides they have made over the [...]