There’s no time to waste in the fight against climate change. This week, heavy rains across the drought-stricken Dallas-Fort Worth area dropped more than 15 inches of rain in under 24 hours. Meanwhile the Colorado River is drying up at its banks and thinning out, as a historic drought shows little sign of abating.These are just two of the impacts of catastrophic climate change. We must do everything in our power to reduce pollution starting… yesterday. The Department of Transportation is ready to take a big step forward and we’re helping them make it happen by generating the support they [...]
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A Joyous Celebration of PresenceAugust 13, 2022 With joy the Wheaton Franciscan Community of Sisters and Covenant Companions welcomed the Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet as the presider of a special Anniversary year Mass and the Feast of St. Clare of Assisi. From the gathering hymn All Are Welcome, to the recessional hymn Now Is The Time a Franciscan spirit of welcome, community, joy, and challenge filled the celebration. Bishop Hicks recognized the historical legacy of the Wheaton Franciscans and challenged the Community to remember that “life goes on.” The past and the present [...]
Dear Sisters, Covenant Members and Friends,Nearly two years after his appointment, the United States Postal Service continues to languish under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s failing leadership. After his appointment by former President Trump, Mr. DeJoy, who favors privatizing the entire postal service, removed many automated sorting machines from many post offices, thus slowing down postal service. Many of these machines were later dismantled, making replacing them very difficult to impossible. Mail delivery continues to be unreliable, with letters sometimes taking 7-10 days to reach their destinations. With many Americans relying on the postal service to pay bills and to deliver [...]
Listen to the Voice of Creation The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect our common home. The Season “Celebration” begins on September 1st - the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation - and ends on October 4th - the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations. This year we will unite around the theme, “Listen to the Voice of Creation.” “The heavens are [...]
Education Ministry – Early Years Click to Enlarge In her history of the Wheaton Franciscans, Hearts Inflamed, Prudence Moylan writes, “Right from the start the Sisters had to choose, among many opportunities, what work they would do and where they would do it.” There were always more needs than the Sisters were able to meet. They focused their work on the guidance of Mother Clara “to educate children, especially orphans, to care for the sick, poor,” and “any manner of loving service for which the Lord gives them opportunity.” (Founding constitution) In 1875, Father Theodore [...]
A Call To Serveby Naomi Hroncich, Covenant Companion I live in a Retirement Community in Geneva, Illinois. In the early phase of the Pandemic, I realized that many residents lived alone and were isolated from family and friends, and I wanted to do something about that.My experience as a Parish Nurse and Hospice Chaplain with clinical pastoral experience led me to reach out to my fellow independent residents during the different phases of the Pandemic.In September 2020, a proposal was developed and presented to management. A Volunteer Outreach Program was launched and sponsored by the Resident Council. The purpose [...]
August 6 & 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—77th AnniversaryOn these two days we remember the only two times that nuclear weapons have been unleashed during warfare. We also remember the horrendous immediate human cost, and the continuing long-term effects on global societies. Sadako Sasaki, born on January 7, 1943, was a Japanese girl who became a victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the United States. She was two years old when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She was at home with her mother about 1 mile (1.6 m) from ground zero. Miraculously, she was thrown out through [...]
The Supreme Court just announced a shocking decision that attacks the EPA, undermines the bipartisan Clean Air Act, and sets a dangerous precedent that could severely inhibit the federal government’s ability to act in the public interest.The Clean Air Act really matters. It has allowed the EPA to prevent mass pollution and provided an important tool to protect Black, Brown, Indigenous, and frontline communities that bear the worst impacts of pollution and climate change.We need a nationwide grassroots mobilization to fight back: Sign our emergency rapid response petition to tell our leaders that we will not accept this assault on our future.Sign the [...]
Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation – Franciscan Values in Action Social justice and peace issues have always been part of the Wheaton Franciscan spirit. This commitment to peace, justice, and care of creation has been demonstrated through the ministries of housing, health care, and social services. It has also been demonstrated through decisions and actions that impact systemic sources of injustice. The Contributions of Sister Marion Cronk In 1980, a Social Concerns Team was created to coordinate education and action. Sr. Marion Cronk, OSF, served as the chair of the team for more than [...]
July 11—World Population Day July 11th, World Population Day seeks to raise awareness of issues around world population. The current world population is estimated to be 7.8 billion. The average global life expectancy is now about 72 years. Global population is increasing about 83 million people per year. This continuing strain of earth’s resources threatens all of us unless we seriously strive to live more simply and thus decrease our consumption of resources. Increasing human population densities also expose all of us to increasing risks of pandemics, water shortages, and worsening food production and distribution problems. International cooperation is urgently [...]