Covenant Companion Thomas Norris died Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at home in Austin, Texas. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Laura, and his family. He is at rest now, in the loving arms of God. May his memory be a blessing to all those he loved.Details regarding the services are not yet known. They will be shared as they become available.Please hold Thomas, his sister Covenant Companion Mary Ellen Durbin, and his family in your prayers. Click to View Obituary Book of Life Entry In August [...]
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April 4—International Day of Landmine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action The effort to stop the production and use of landmines as weapons of war continues to be an urgent issue around the world. Thousands of people are maimed or killed by landmines each year, in 84 countries. In some of these countries armed conflicts have already been resolved, and yet undetected landmines still threaten children at play, farmers attempting to replant dormant fields, women going to collect water, and other innocent victims. Governments continue to seek out and destroy these buried weapons of war, but the process is painstakingly [...]
March 8 — International Women's Day International Women’s Day (IWD) was first recognized by the United Nations in 1975. The Theme for IWD 2020 is #EachforEqual—an equal world is an enabled world. The theme aims at not only calling attention to inequalities faced by women every day, but urges each woman to stand for equality everywhere—in the Church, in the workplace, in society, in the halls of government, in the family etc. There can be no justice without equality. “We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of [...]
On Sunday, February 16th, several Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, Covenant Companions, IBVM Sisters, and members of our Worshiping Community joined nearly 1000 other volunteers gathered at North Central College in Naperville to pack mobile food packs for the Feed the Need campaign. Using protein powder, vitamins, soy and rice, we were able to fill, seal and box 235,008 Manna Packs during our 2-hour shift, as part of a 6-shift, two-day packing effort. This is enough to feed 643 children one meal a day for an entire year! The goal for the weekend was to pack 1.2 million meals to be shipped to “Feed [...]
“O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”December 1, 1930 - February 7, 2020 Obituary:“O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”This is a prayer-chant that Sr. Kenneth Huelsing practiced saying many times a day, once her health required that she move from Our Lady of the Angels Motherhouse to DuPage Care Center in Wheaton, and later to St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, Illinois. In the first move she found herself deeply missing the Community prayer and spiritual rituals of Our Lady of the Angels Convent [...]
By Sister Glenna Czachor On Sunday, February 2nd the Wheaton Franciscans welcomed Maiga Muga a young man from Tanzania who presented a short PowerPoint presentation and took questions about his culture and his learning experience in the US. He is spending a year in the U.S. as an volunteer/intern with the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) of the Int’l Mennonite Conference. An essential element of the experience for IVEP participants like Maiga is to have mutual cultural exchanges in a variety of community and church settings.During his stay in the U.S. he is living with host families from the Willow [...]
Franciscan Sisters Congregational JPIC Newsletter Vol. 5, No. 1 February 2020 Click here to view the latest JPIC Newsletter.
February 6—International Dy of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation February 6th is a day to promote the UN’s campaign to raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Although often thought of as a traditional practice “of the past”, the UN statistics estimate that today over 200 million girls and women are living with the horrible effects of this practice. On February 6, 2003, Stella Obasanjo, the then First Lady of Nigeria and spokesperson for the Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation, made the official declaration on "Zero Tolerance to FGM" in Africa during a [...]