We extend our congratulations to Sr. Jane Ann Kiefer who recently was honored as a Nominee for an award at the Zonta Women of Achievement celebration and luncheon on Friday, November 15th which took place in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Zonta is an international service organization of business and professional women working together to empower women through service and advocacy at the local, state, and international level. The Women of Achievement (WOA) luncheon honors the significant contributions of women for their dedication and commitment to the region and their professions. Featured Profile as a Zonta Award Nominee: “Sister Jane Kiefer began her ministry at Saint [...]
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December 1—World Aids Day December 1, 2019 marks the 31st global World AIDS Day, to raise awareness about the continued epidemic affecting over 34 million people currently living with HIV worldwide. Since the disease was first recognized in 1981, over 35 million people have died from AIDS. Stigma and discrimination continue to affect those living with HIV/AIDS in many parts of the world. Although great advances have been made in combating the virus causing AIDS, there is still no cure. This is a day to learn the facts about AIDS and to put those learnings into action. Let us reach [...]
This issue of our newsletter Threads that Connect Us, focuses on the Wheaton Franciscan community's celebration of the the Season of Creation. This year, the Wheaton Franciscans celebrated the Season of Creation from the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (September 1) through the first Sunday in October (October 6). This issue of Threads includes photos and stories about our gratitude for God's "wonderful handiwork" and our commitment to care for all of God's creation. Click to View Newsletter Reminder: If you have any news or resources you would like to share with the community please email email@example.com with the information. [...]
November 10—World Science Day for Peace and Development The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to remember the contributions made by science to peace and sustainable development around the world. This day reminds us how essential scientific research and implementation are to humankind’s ability to successfully meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN in September 2015. Unfortunately, science can and often has been used to promote violence and war on an ever more devastating scale in the past 100 years. This day is a time to urge nations and governments to [...]
“Our beloved sister in heart and the Kelly family’s beloved wife and mother and grandmother, Covenant Companion Laurette Kelly, has been breathed into the infinity by our God….now the union she always longed for. Laurette died around 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019.” -Sr. Georgene L. Wilson Click to View Obituary Click to View Reflection By Sr. Georgene L. Wilson Click to View Eulogy By Mary Kelly Laurette Kelly read the Course of Miracles in the 1980s and it changed her life. She was married, the mother of eight [...]
October 1—International Day of Older Persons International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on October 01, 2019. This day was initiated by the United Nations in 1990 to honor the efforts of the elderly and the value they bring to society. Today, 900 million people are over 60 years old. By 2050, it is estimated that 2 billion people (about 22% of the world’s population) will be over 60. Between 1950 and 2010, the average life expectancy rose from 46-68. People over 60 serve society as leaders of countries, businesses, educational efforts, and spiritual growth. They often care for and educate young children in the home, care for sick family members and mentor young adults. But many face [...]
"Sister Rosemarie Burian lived life fully and brilliantly with open heartedness and depth of soul. In her dying with quiet dignity on September 22, 2019, she expressed her complete surrender to God." Obituary:As a young woman her life as a vowed Franciscan Sister was rather ordinary. She served as an elementary school teacher and as a Montessori teacher. She worked in Catholic parishes as Director of religious education and as a Pastoral Associate. Later she served as a Hospital Chaplain. Her life took a radical turn when prayerful discernment led to taking action to [...]
September 1—World Day of Prayer for Creation The world-wide Season of Creation opens on Sunday, September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The season extends through the feast of St Francis, the patron of ecology, on October 4th. This year’s theme for the season is: The Web of Life-Biodiversity Is God’s Gift. This day and throughout the month, we are invited to marvel at the wonders of creation, taking time to appreciate and savor nature’s many gifts. It is also a time to take action to protect and promote biodiversity. Each creature on our richly diverse planet reveals [...]
Franciscan Sisters Congregational JPIC Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 3 July 2019 Click here to view the latest JPIC Newsletter.
August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki At 8:16 AM, over Hiroshima on August 6 and at 10:58 AM on August 9 over Nagasaki, in 1945, the course of human history changed forever with the dropping of 2 nuclear bombs during World War II. This violent ushering in of the nuclear age stunned humanity with is overwhelming destructive power. In a single horrible blast, whole cities could be wiped off the face of the earth, and subsequent radiation exposure continued to claim victims even 20-30 years later. Since then, nuclear armed countries have developed even more powerful and [...]