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December 2022 Weavings Reflection

Toward a Flourishing FutureHaikus - Part 2 of 2by Mary Ellen Durbin, Covenant Companion I have practiced daily meditation for more than 35 years. The following haikus came from insights gained through contemplation… Sanctify the worldWith your ordinary lifeAnd your awareness.  Somewhere deep within, The bush continues to burn.This is holy ground.  The seeds of a greater Journey are waiting in Everything around us. Sometimes, we needTo step back, in order to find A way to return. [...]

December 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-11-18T02:57:51+00:00

Indonesian Province Leadership Election

Forwarding from the Indonesia Province:Many Greetings from Indonesia. Our Chapter finished on Friday, October 21, 2022.I would like to say thank you very much for praying for our all FCJM sisters in all countries. We are so glad because our Chapter has gone well.The newly [elected] Province Leadership is (2022-2026):Sr. M. Theodosia Tinambunan FCJM : Provincial DirectressSr. M. Lydia Simbolon FCJM : Assistant ProvincialSr. M. Agnes Tambunan FCJM  : CouncilSr. M. Lusiana Sianturi FCJM : CouncilSr. M. Emiliana Situmoragn FCJM : CouncilRegardsSr. Ivoline

Indonesian Province Leadership Election2022-11-02T18:26:09+00:00

November 2022 Weavings Reflection

Toward a Flourishing FutureHaikus - Part 1 of 2by Mary Ellen Durbin The natural world has always been a window into the holiness of God, the wonder of creation. Most of my haikus emerge from moments of encounter, and moments of reflection, about our current environmental challenges, in the light of faith and hope. Often, I become very discouraged about our chances for survival as a human species. Since Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, my awareness, reflection, and my faith in God’s transforming power of love have grown. I participated in the Wheaton Franciscan conversation over the months about [...]

November 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-11-09T18:11:15+00:00

Kickapoo Red Flint Corn Harvest Blessing

On Sunday, October 22, we gathered for a Harvest Blessing of the Kickapoo Red Flint corn led by Sister Bea Hernandez, the Justice and Peace Coordinator for the Wheaton Franciscans.We prayed in thanksgiving to the Great Spirit, who gives life, and to our Mother Earth, who sustains and nourishes life, as we prepared to harvest the sacred corn entrusted to us by the Kickapoo Nation Seed Keepers. Following the prayer service, Covenant Companion Paige Samdal guided participants in harvesting some of the corn.In late May, we gratefully and humbly planted the seeds provided by the Kickapoo Nation. The Kickapoo Seed [...]

Kickapoo Red Flint Corn Harvest Blessing2022-11-01T23:39:33+00:00

The IBVM General Congregation Elect New Leadership

Congratulations to the new General Congregation Leadership for the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). After prayerful preparation and discernment on October 22, 2022, the delegates elected the Institute Leadership Team Pictured left to right: Geraldine, Mary, Carmel, Kate, and Natalie. Institute Leader:Carmel Swords, Irish ProvinceInstitute Consultors:Natalie Houlihan, Australia, and Southeast Asia ProvinceMary Kamotho, Eastern Africa ProvinceGeraldine Moktan, South Asia ProvinceKate Myers, English Region  On Sunday, October 2, 2022, we blessed Sr. Judy Illig, Sr. Barb Nelson, and Sr. Krista Parra as they began their journey to serve as delegates to the IBVM General Chapter in Manresa, Spain. We [...]

The IBVM General Congregation Elect New Leadership2022-10-27T17:58:15+00:00

St. Clare Regional Community Fall Gathering

On Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, the Wheaton Franciscans gathered for the purpose of “reconnecting and deepening as the St. Clare Regional Community. On Friday, the Sisters met to listen to updates and engage in dialogue impacting vowed life. On Saturday, Covenant Companions joined the gathering to hear an update on the continued evolution of Tau Center and to share stories personal stories of our living our Wheaton Franciscan charism. At the conclusion of the Regional Gathering, Sr. Melanie Paradis, Regional Directress, officially convened the Saint Clare Regional Assembly 2023 to be held September 20-24, 2023. This assembly [...]

St. Clare Regional Community Fall Gathering2022-10-27T01:09:11+00:00

Blessings – October 2022

Pet BlessingSunday, October 2, 2022 The Wheaton Franciscans were happy to welcome a variety of pets at our Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Among many other beautiful things, St. Francis was known for his love of animals and his ability to connect with them. It is said that he treated animals with the utmost respect, love, and care. The story of the Wolf at Gubbio demonstrates St. Francis’ ability to listen to the needs of the wolf and the people of Gubbio. Legend has it that St. Francis even preached to the animals about God’s love [...]

Blessings – October 20222022-10-20T19:23:26+00:00

Our Anniversary YearOctober 4, 2021 through October 4, 2022 As I reflect on our community’s past 150 years in the United States and 75 years in Wheaton, my dominant feeling is one of gratitude for God’s gracious and loving presence with us.  Beginning in 1872 when our pioneer courageous Sisters came from Germany to establish the beginning of our province in the USA to the relinquishment of our flourishing and successful health care and housing ministries in 2016, the wisdom and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit has been with us.Not all the years rolled by smoothly.  On two occasions throughout [...]


October 2022 Weavings Reflection

This Reflection Has Gone to the Dogs... and Cats... and Birds!Part II: Wheaton Franciscan Cats and Birds We continue our journey into lessons learned by Wheaton Franciscans living intimately with God's creatures.Click on the photos to enlarge them Sister Pat Norton has lived with many animal companions: "Since moving to Wheaton in 1972, I have had the privilege to share life with 6 animals--4 dogs and 2 cats. While living with Sister Rosie I told her one day that I was sure that having a dog would improve my spiritual life. How could she argue with that? So, [...]

October 2022 Weavings Reflection2022-10-04T20:10:15+00:00

Remembering Sr. Mary Elizabeth Glueckstein

     March 20, 1942  - September 30, 2022 VisitationDate: Friday, October 7, 2022Time: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. CDTLocation: Wheaton Franciscan Sisters26W171 Roosevelt RoadOur Lady of the Angels ChapelEntrance #5Wheaton, Illinois 60187Family Members and Friends are also invited to attend. We ask that you be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. Memory ServiceDate: Friday, October 7, 2022Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CDTLocation: Wheaton Franciscan Sisters26W171 Roosevelt RoadOur Lady of the Angels ChapelEntrance #5Wheaton, Illinois 60187Family Members and Friends are also invited to attend. We ask that you be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.The service will [...]

Remembering Sr. Mary Elizabeth Glueckstein2022-10-05T23:10:02+00:00
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