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News regarding the Wheaton Franciscans Community

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 Jubilarians2020-06-30T17:34:15+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 Response2020-07-03T01:20:02+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

Remembering Sr. Kenneth Huelsing

     “O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”December 1, 1930 - February 7, 2020         Obituary:“O God, You in me, I in You, We are one.”This is a prayer-chant that Sr. Kenneth Huelsing practiced saying many times a day, once her health required that she move from Our Lady of the Angels Motherhouse to DuPage Care Center in Wheaton, and later to St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, Illinois. In the first move she found herself deeply missing the Community prayer and spiritual rituals of Our Lady of the Angels Convent [...]

Remembering Sr. Kenneth Huelsing2020-02-17T21:43:10+00:00

International Guest – Maiga Muga

By Sister Glenna Czachor On Sunday, February 2nd the Wheaton Franciscans welcomed Maiga Muga a young man from Tanzania who presented a short PowerPoint presentation and took questions about his culture and his learning experience in the US. He is spending a year in the U.S. as an volunteer/intern with the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) of the Int’l Mennonite Conference. An essential element of the experience for IVEP participants like Maiga is to have mutual cultural exchanges in a variety of community and church settings.During his stay in the U.S. he is living with host families from the Willow [...]

International Guest – Maiga Muga2020-02-11T20:00:40+00:00

Christmas Joy!

By Jeanne Connolly, Covenant Companion More than 280 people filled Our Lady of the Angels chapel on Christmas Eve to celebrate Mass with the Wheaton Franciscans. As in recent years, the liturgy began with a procession to fill the nativity scene that would grace the chapel throughout the Christmas season. From young children to our eldest Sister, each piece was brought in with love, and placed with care, in the stable. The choir provided beautiful music and the faith community joined in joyful song. Smiles, hugs, and wishes for a “Merry Christmas” filled the space as people left the chapel. “Joy [...]

Christmas Joy!2020-01-28T21:41:44+00:00