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January 1—World Day of Peace The World Day of Peace was inspired by the encyclical Pacem in Terris. This day call us to an awareness of the links between peace, poverty and the care of creation articulated in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. 2020 marks the 53rd annual World Day of Peace. The theme is PEACE AS A JOURNEY OF HOPE: DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION AND ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION. War, violence, and the ecological damage caused by climate change have all contributed to the poverty and injustice that make true peace impossible. Restoring justice requires restoring balance in our world—respecting and protecting the [...]
The Wheaton Franciscans were recognized and honored for their generosity and support by two separate organizations. On November 15th, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet honored the Wheaton Franciscans with the Esteemed Partner Award. Glenn Van Cura, the Executive Director thanked the community for many decades of support. Most recently, we have supported projects that provide assistance and legal advice to undocumented immigrants. Sr. Melanie received the award on our behalf, and Sr. Glenna joined her for the event. On November 16th, the Conservancy for Heritage and Healing presented the Wheaton Franciscans with the Founders Award. The [...]
Franciscan Sisters Congregational JPIC Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 4 October 2019 Click here to view the latest JPIC Newsletter.
We extend our congratulations to Sr. Jane Ann Kiefer who recently was honored as a Nominee for an award at the Zonta Women of Achievement celebration and luncheon on Friday, November 15th which took place in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Zonta is an international service organization of business and professional women working together to empower women through service and advocacy at the local, state, and international level. The Women of Achievement (WOA) luncheon honors the significant contributions of women for their dedication and commitment to the region and their professions. Featured Profile as a Zonta Award Nominee: “Sister Jane Kiefer began her ministry at Saint [...]
December 1—World Aids Day December 1, 2019 marks the 31st global World AIDS Day, to raise awareness about the continued epidemic affecting over 34 million people currently living with HIV worldwide. Since the disease was first recognized in 1981, over 35 million people have died from AIDS. Stigma and discrimination continue to affect those living with HIV/AIDS in many parts of the world. Although great advances have been made in combating the virus causing AIDS, there is still no cure. This is a day to learn the facts about AIDS and to put those learnings into action. Let us reach [...]
This issue of our newsletter Threads that Connect Us, focuses on the Wheaton Franciscan community's celebration of the the Season of Creation. This year, the Wheaton Franciscans celebrated the Season of Creation from the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (September 1) through the first Sunday in October (October 6). This issue of Threads includes photos and stories about our gratitude for God's "wonderful handiwork" and our commitment to care for all of God's creation. Click to View Newsletter Reminder: If you have any news or resources you would like to share with the community please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information. [...]