Pet Blessing

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Wheaton Franciscans were happy to welcome a variety of pets at our Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Among many other beautiful things, St. Francis was known for his love of animals and his ability to connect with them. It is said that he treated animals with the utmost respect, love, and care. The story of the Wolf at Gubbio demonstrates St. Francis’ ability to listen to the needs of the wolf and the people of Gubbio. Legend has it that St. Francis even preached to the animals about God’s love and concern for them! Our guests listened attentively to the story of the Wolf of Gubbio and occasionally shared comments in the form of quiet “woofs.” Following the story, each pet was blessed and received a small medal to keep them safe.

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October Feast Days

October 3rd – 5th

The beginning of October brought shorter days, cooler weather, and important Franciscan Feast Days! On October 3rd we celebrated the life and teachings of St. Francis during our Transitus service, then joyfully joined Franciscan-hearted people around the world on October 4th to honor the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and share the influence his words have had in our lives during a dialogue homily. Finally, on October 5th, Wheaton Franciscans and all Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary gathered at mass to commemorate our foundress at the Feast of Mother Clara Pfaender. Through these Feast Day reflections and words we are reminded to continue being a blessing in the world and to “help one another in love.”

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St. Clare Garden

Construction of the St Clare Garden has begun. Adjacent to Our Lady of Angels Motherhouse, the St Clare Garden will be a place of gathering and contemplation.  We are excited to share with you the beginning phases of development. Amenities will include a large, shaded patio area adjacent to a recreational lawn, as well as secluded seating all in a tranquil nature setting with a water feature and artwork in honor of St Clare. Landscaping will continue through summer 2023. Once completed, a range of eco-spirituality and creative offerings will be available for individuals and groups in this new space that aligns with the mission of Tau Center.
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