The Founding of Our Congregation Mother Clara worked in tandem with Bishop Conrad Martin to form a new order of women religious dedicated to prayer and caring for orphans while following the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. On October 30, 1860, Bishop Martin approved Mother Clara’s Founding Constitution and thus begins the first big step on our journey toward the founding of the Wheaton Franciscans. The Kulturkampf and Branching Out In addition to childcare, Mother Clara and [...]
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International Solidarity Days-October 2021October 1—International Day for Older PersonsInternational Day for Older Persons is celebrated on October 1st. This day was initiated by the United Nations in 1990 to honor the efforts of the elderly and the value they bring to society. The theme for this year is “Digital Equality for All Ages.” We recognize that access to information and participation in digital communication is essential for all ages, but especially for the elderly. Too often, the elderly find themselves isolated from family and friends due to various physical limitations. Digital communication, especially at this time of the covid-19 pandemic, [...]
Today (September 11, 2021) is a special day of reflection, not only on the events that happened on this day 20 years ago, but on the devastating actions and reactions that have happened since then and how these choices have changed our world. We recall that for a brief time after the violent attacks of 9/11, the world was united in solidarity and empathy for the victims and for our country. But the United States chose to respond with retaliation and revenge, which led to more violence and to wars that claimed thousands of innocent victims. On [...]
September 2, 2021 As the US completes its formal military withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war, we need to reflect on what we have learned. In his recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, in paragraph 261, Pope Francis states unequivocally that every war leaves our world worse that it was before. He urges us to listen to the stories of those who have suffered the violence of war and to look them in the eyes and open our hearts. Only then can we begin to perceive the abyss of evil at the heart of war. If we have learned anything [...]
A Home For AllRenewing the Beloved Community of God The Season of Creation is celebrated around the world and in many faith traditions. Pope Francis established the Season of Creation within the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar 2015. The season begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology. Our theme for Season of Creation 2021 isA Home For All? Renewing the Beloved Community of God. The Earth, our common home, belongs to God, and each beloved creature belongs to this community. The Earth [...]
As promised, we are writing with an update regarding the opening of Our Lady of the Angels to the public. Because of the data showing the surging number Covid cases related to the highly contagious delta variant, the Regional Leadership Team and administrative leaders for Our Lady of the Angels have determined that it best serves the safety and welfare of our community to remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. This includes the regional administrative offices, Chapel, and Tau Center.We have always prioritized the safety of our community, and in these uncertain times, this is no different. [...]
September 1—World Day of Prayer for CreationSeptember 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, marks the beginning of the 6th annual, world-wide Season of Creation (SOC). Around the world, this season culminates on the feast of St Francis, the patron of ecology, on October 4th. This year, the theme for the SOC is “A Home For All?— Renewing the Beloved Community of God”. As we begin this special time of prayer, let us reflect on our common home. Is the community of creation truly a home for all? A home is a place of welcome. Do we extend this [...]
January 29, 1939 - August 13, 2021 Visitation (Public)Tuesday, August 17, 20214:00 - 7:00 PM CDTOur Lady of the Angels Chapel26W171 Roosevelt RoadWheaton, Illinois 60187Entrance #7*You must be vaccinated and wear a mask to enter the buildingMemory Service & Funeral MassWednesday, August 18, 2021Memory Service starts at 9:30 AM CDTfollowed by Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM CDTvia Livestream Burial - All are welcome!Wednesday, August 18, 202112:00 PM CDTAssumption Cemetery1S510 Winfield RoadWheaton, IL 60189 Click For Memory Service & Funeral Mass Livestream Link Click For Funeral Mass Music Sheet [...]
August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—76th AnniversaryThese days are for remembering 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. These weapons of mass destruction instantly obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 people, mostly civilians. Thousands more died in the following months due to burns, radiation sickness and other injuries, compounded by malnutrition and illness. Many more continued to suffer and die from the long-term effects of radiation exposure over the next 20-40 years. Since those two [...]
July 11—World Population DayJuly 11th, World Population Day seeks to raise awareness of issues around world population. The world’s population has grown from 3 billion in 1960, to 7.9 billion in 2021. As the world’s population continues to grow, the risks of pandemics increase, and human activities continue to threaten the climate of our planet. Cooperation across borders, continents and states is necessary if these issues are to be addressed effectively. Growing human populations require us to creatively address the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity, the need for efficient food production and distribution, and ways to provide access to clean [...]