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 [...]
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July 11—World Population DayJuly 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 7.9 billion in 2021. As the world’s population continues to grow, the risks of pandemics increase, and human activities continue to threaten the climate of our planet. Cooperation across borders, continents and states is necessary if these issues are to be addressed effectively. Growing human populations require us to creatively address the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity, the need for efficient food production and distribution, and ways to provide access to clean [...]
Franciscan Sisters Congregational JPIC Newsletter Vol. 6, No. 2June 2021Click here to view the latest JPIC Newsletter.
December 1, 1928 - June 30, 2021 Funeral MassMonday, July 5, 2021Service Begins at 10:30 AMvia LivestreamVisitation (Public)Monday, July 5, 20214:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDTOur Lady of The Angels Chapel Entrance #7Wheaton, IllinoisBurialAssumption CemeteryWinfield, Illinois Click For Funeral Mass Livestream Link 7/5/21 at 10:30 a.m. CDT Click For Funeral Mass Music Sheet Obituary:Sister Pauline Langfield’s desire was “to be remembered as a prayerful, kind, generous, thoughtful and loving person.” She also hoped that “her sense of humor helped others in some way.” And so [...]
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 [...]
June 5—World Environment DayThe theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Reimagine, Recreate, and Restore” with a focus on stabilizing the earth’s eco-systems. Human activity and climate change are devastating Earth. Every 3 seconds, a soccer field-sized patch of forest is lost. Half of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed over the last century. We have already lost over 50% of Earth’s coral reefs and the teaming diversity of life that they support. It is predicted that by 2050, over 90% of the coral reefs will be gone. Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting, and reversing this damage – to go from [...]
“for we know that things can change” (LS 13) Laudato Sí Week - May 16-24, 2021On May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of the encyclical, Pope Francis announced a Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year from 24th May 2020 – 24th May 2021.“I invite all persons of goodwill to adhere to it, to take care of our common home and our more fragile brothers and sisters”, said the Pope.Pope Francis urges all people of good will to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor, and future generations. His encyclical [...]
May 1—International Workers’ Day International Workers’ Day is a special day to honor laborers around the world for their struggle for justice. The struggles over the years have included demands for an 8-hour working day, with the right to overtime pay for work beyond that, safe working conditions, and end to child labor, the right to organize and form unions, the right to share their concerns with management and employers and the right to job security and sick leave. Many of these accomplishments in securing modern labor rights were earned after much struggle and determination, often at the risk of [...]
When life around the world returns to normal, our world cannot return to business-as-usual. So much damage has been done, but that does not mean we have to continue that legacy. We have the ability to make a difference in every industry, but that can only happen when we work together to #RestoreOurEarth. We are excited to be part of EARTHDAY.ORG’s #RestoreOurEarth campaign for the 51st Earth Day! A more sustainable world requires efforts in every aspect of our society and that starts with YOU. Join us in the fight! Get started today by checking out the many [...]
All are welcome to join the Wheaton Franciscan community in the celebration of the Sacred Triduum. Services will be offered via livestream on the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters YouTube page. Links for each service and the music sheet are below. All readings are available at https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings.This year when we are once again unable to gather as a community, allow the music, prayer, symbols, and scriptures to lead you on the journey into a deeper experience of God’s extravagant love in your life. The Sacred Triduum offers us the opportunity to connect with the central message of God's love for us, the [...]