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 [...]
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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 [...]
April 4—International Day of Landmine Awareness & Assistance in Mine ActionThis day is a special day to raise awareness of the dangers posed by landmines and other unexploded munitions. This is also a day to call on all nations to eliminate the use of landmines. It is estimated that 15,000-20,000 people are injured or killed each year in areas where war and armed conflict has officially ceased, but where landmines remain an unseen daily danger. These explosives endanger the lives of farmers planting fields, women walking to fetch water or firewood, and even children at play. Landmines also make the [...]
Stop Gun Violence The Wheaton Franciscans condemn the violence in the United States that continues to take innocent lives. In a week that numbs the soul, we recognize that the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, was the seventh mass shooting in seven days resulting in a total of 40 deaths in one week. Gun violence in total takes 40,000 lives per year in the United States.We pray for all of the victims and the families of this senseless violence, yet prayers are not enough. We also implore lawmakers to act courageously and immediately to pass meaningful legislation to control access to [...]
March 8—International Women’s DayInternational Women's Day (IWD) on March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. Recognizing that challenge is necessary in bringing about change, the theme for IWD 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge—a challenged world is an alert world! We are all called to be aware of our gender bias and inequality wherever and whenever we encounter it. On this day we also seek out and celebrate the achievements of women over the world. We recognize that women’s contributions to society are [...]