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Vatican Call to Work in Latin America Missions In 1959, the Papal representative spoke to leaders of American Religious Congregations. He asked them to send 10% of their members to work in the missions, especially in Latin America. The Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province, which included the Chicago area, were working in the area of Santarém, Brazil. After consultation, the Wheaton Franciscans decided to explore the possibility of joining the work in this area.    Mother Fidelis Gossens and Sister Virgilia Beikler visited Santarém in December 1960. The need of the people for basic [...]


International Solidarity Days – May 2022

May 1—International Workers’ Day International Workers’ Day is a special day to honor workers around the world as they continue to struggle for safe working conditions, a living wage, an 8-hour working day, respect and recognition for their contributions to the common good, and an end to child labor. Many workers also continue to struggle to organize themselves so that they can share their concerns with management and employers without retribution. Paid sick leave and job security following illness or on-the-job injury are still not available to many workers. Even in those countries where union organizing and workers rights [...]

International Solidarity Days – May 20222022-04-27T17:54:50+00:00

Remembering Sr. Yvonne Wiza

     December 22, 1932 - April 4, 2022 Memory ServiceFriday, April 8, 20224:00 – 5:00pm CDTOur Lady of the Angels Chapel ~ Wheaton, IllinoisJoin Us in Remembering Sr. Yvonne Wiza  Mass of Christian BurialSaturday, April 9, 202210:30am CDTOur Lady of the Angels Chapel ~ Wheaton, IllinoisAttend the Mass of Christian Burial Funeral Mass Music SheetFuneral Mass Music Sheet  BurialAssumption Cemetery ~ Wheaton, Illinois Obituary: "Make of yourself a light." This is a final spiritual blessing that many holy women and men have expressed to their communities as they breathed their finite lives into their [...]

Remembering Sr. Yvonne Wiza2022-04-08T16:19:10+00:00

April Anniversary Post

EMBRACING CHANGE Vatican II’s mandate to “determine what needed to be changed in accordance with the spirit of their founders, the needs of modern life, and the situations where they lived and worked” was welcomed by the Wheaton Franciscans. Changes in the practice of prayer that began in the 1950s planted seeds of spiritual renewal and fertile ground for new insights into the psychology of spiritual development and personal prayer. Spiritual renewal opportunities in the early 1960s were a combination of the new recognition of individuality and traditional communal theology. CHAPTER ELECTION [...]

April Anniversary Post2022-05-11T23:50:40+00:00

International Solidarity Days – April 2022

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 and to take action to eliminate their use.  The 2022 theme for this special day is “Together for Mine Action: Give Life Back.” Each year thousands of civilians are killed or maimed by landmine explosions, often in areas of the world where armed conflict has ceased.  These unexploded munitions can endanger people as they plant crops in their fields, travel along roadsides to fetch food or water, travel to and from [...]

International Solidarity Days – April 20222022-03-23T20:53:39+00:00

2022 Jubilarians

     In 2022, we are grateful to celebrate and rejoice with our 5 Sister jubilarians! We celebrate their lives and commitment to living Gospel values. To learn more about each Jubilarian click the button with their name. 70 Years   65 Years        Sr. Anthony Baechle What attracted you to the Wheaton Franciscans?After I thought I had a vocation, the Parish priest recommended the Wheaton Franciscans. After my postulancy and novitiate and temporary vows, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to [...]

2022 Jubilarians2022-05-17T22:58:22+00:00

Remembering Sr. Jane Ann Kiefer

     January 21, 1928 - March 8, 2022 Memory ServiceMonday, March 14, 20224:00 – 5:00pm CDTOur Lady of the Angels Chapel ~ Wheaton, IllinoisJoin Us in Remembering Sr. Jane Ann Kiefer  Mass of Christian BurialTuesday, March 15, 202210:30am CDTOur Lady of the Angels Chapel ~ Wheaton, IllinoisAttend the Mass of Christian Burial  Funeral Mass Music SheetFuneral Mass Music Sheet  BurialAssumption Cemetery ~ Wheaton, Illinois Obituary:Sister Jane Ann Kiefer, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Wheaton and a former resident of Cape Girardeau, MO, passed away on March 8, 2022, at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, [...]

Remembering Sr. Jane Ann Kiefer2022-03-22T21:49:28+00:00

March Anniversary Post

VATICAN II Second Vatican Council, also called Vatican II, was announced by Pope John XXIII on January 25, 1959, as a means of spiritual renewal of the Church and in relation to the world it serves. Vatican II was the 21st general council of the Roman Catholic Church.  Preparation for the Council took three years, from the summer of 1959 to the autumn of 1962 The Council officially opened on October 11, 1962 convened by Pope John XXIII. The first session was held from October 11 – December 8, 1962. Pope Saint John XXIII died [...]

March Anniversary Post2022-04-06T20:08:16+00:00

International Solidarity Days – March 2022

 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. This year’s theme is Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow. This is a day to dream and work towards a world free from gender bias, stereotypes and discrimination that can rob us of women’s gifts and creativity. It is a day to work towards a world that is inclusive, equitable, and celebrates diversity. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals recognize that women have a significant role in creating a sustainable future for our world. In order [...]

International Solidarity Days – March 20222022-02-22T21:24:10+00:00

Sign Letter for Release of Leonard Peltier

Sign on Letter from faith leaders calling for release of Leonard PeltierI write today with an urgent request, hoping you will sign a letter from spiritual/faith leaders, calling for the release of Leonard Peltier, who has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly five decades. In 1977, Leonard was found guilty of two murders he did not commit and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Even before contracting COVID-19 in prison, Leonard called his daily life hell: "I’m in hell, and there is no way to deal with it but to take it as long as you can. I cling to the belief that [...]

Sign Letter for Release of Leonard Peltier2022-02-21T19:04:21+00:00
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