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Election 2020: For the Common Good

“I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.” Pope Francis As a community of Franciscan hearted people, we join with others in expressing our deep concern about the state of our nation and the future of our democracy. We share the belief that we are facing one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes in a nation that is increasingly divided. We are offering this website page as a resource for prayer and inspiration as we accept the role of compassionate, respectful, and responsible citizenship for the sake of the common [...]

Election 2020: For the Common Good2020-09-18T17:28:45+00:00

Announcing The New Regional Community Leadership Team

Dreaming, Daring, DeepeningCreating a vibrant, shared community  With abundant joy and deep gratitude, the Wheaton Franciscan Community is happy to announce the new Regional Community Leadership Team. On Saturday, September 12, 2020, the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, the St. Clare Regional Community called forth three sisters to be the leaders of the newly created Region. They are Sr. Melanie Paradis, Regional Directress; Sr. Glenna Czachor and Sr. Rose Mary Pint, Team Members. We are grateful to Srs. Melanie, Glenna, and Rose Mary for their willingness to serve and to share their gifts and their wisdom with the [...]

Announcing The New Regional Community Leadership Team2020-09-18T14:48:53+00:00

Season of Creation 2020

Jubilee for the Earth Today we begin our annual celebration of the Season of Creation. The Season of Creation is celebrated around the world and in many faith traditions. The season begins on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint of ecology in many traditions. The ecumenical steering committee that plans and promotes the season each year put it this way: "The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, [...]

Season of Creation 20202020-09-11T19:50:46+00:00

2020 Jubilarians

Although we cannot physically gather now, we want to take this time to honor our 2020 Sister and Covenant Companion jubilarians. Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the lives and contributions of our 7 Sister jubilarians and our 3 Covenant Companion jubilarians. Please join us in recognition of their commitment to living Gospel values. Message from Provincial Directress Sr. Melanie Paradis:      70 Years      Sr. Mary Patrick Salm What attracted you to the Franciscan way of life? “After high school I worked in the main office at St. Elizabeth [...]

2020 Jubilarians2020-07-17T15:34:23+00:00

Anti-Racism Response

It is Time: Enough is Enough “If you want peace, work for justice” Pope Paul VI The Wheaton Franciscans join our voices with those of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and other faith, civil, and business leaders in condemning the police-killing of yet one more black man on the streets of our nation. We share in the profound anger, frustration, and grief of so many African Americans and allies as we face, once again, the violent effects of systemic racism.In the National Catholic Reporter on June 3, Heidi Schlumpf wrote, “White people, let's do our homework.”  It is [...]

Anti-Racism Response2020-07-31T03:26:48+00:00

The Beehive in Our Lady of the Angels Lower Garden

By Covenant Companion Mary Krystinak, Director of  Our Lady of Angels And Sisters Healthy Living Alphonse Scepurek contacted me early this year to discuss the possibility of having one of his beehives located on our property.  The agreement would be that he would tend the bees, harvest the honey, and then share half of the honey with the Sisters.Al and his wife Mary have been longtime friends of Sr. Martha Friedman, Sr. Alice Reckamp and Covenant Companion Brother Harry DeGrave.   At our initial meeting on March 5. 2020, Sr. Martha and Sr. Alice joined me and Al for a lesson [...]

The Beehive in Our Lady of the Angels Lower Garden2020-05-20T14:35:35+00:00

Laudato Sí 5th Anniversary

     Laudato Sí Week - May 16-24, 2020We’re living through history-shaping events. People everywhere are crying out for hope, and our faith is urgently needed to light the way.Laudato Sí Week honors the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The theme of the week is “everything is connected.” Laudato Sí teaches us how to build a better world–together. We invite you to stand with us and with our brothers and sisters in faith as we continue to grow through the crisis of this moment to build a better tomorrow for all!Join the global [...]

Laudato Sí 5th Anniversary2020-05-27T21:33:35+00:00

Earth Day 2020

     This year we join in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si. Like many communities we have found alternative ways to celebrate the these milestone celebrations. On this page you will find a variety of resources to inform and inspire.The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. The global pandemic has been a stark reminder that “we are all connected.” Together we can make a difference.Celebrate Earth Day every day -- take [...]

Earth Day 20202020-04-23T15:04:07+00:00

Remembering Thomas Norris

     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 [...]

Remembering Thomas Norris2020-04-20T21:44:53+00:00

Helping “Feed The Need” Worldwide

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 [...]

Helping “Feed The Need” Worldwide2020-02-21T21:26:25+00:00
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