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News regarding the Wheaton Franciscans Community

2020 World Peace Day Interfaith Service

On Sunday, January 7, 2020, nearly  400 people gathered at Wentz Hall on North Central College's campus in Naperville for the 15th Annual DuPage County World Peace Day Interfaith Prayer Service. As in past years, the Wheaton Franciscans were one of the sponsors of this event.The theme for this year’s service was "2020 Vision: Seeking a World Where Everyone Belongs."The program celebrated various faith traditions with prayers or songs from representatives of Christian,  Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Latter Day Saints, Christian Science, Baha'i and Sikh communities. The keynote speaker was Regina Brent, founder and president of the nonprofit Unity Partnership. Her [...]

2020 World Peace Day Interfaith Service2020-01-28T21:25:10+00:00

Solar Energy Installation

By Sister Beatrice Hernandez On January 22, 2020, the Wheaton Franciscans flipped the switch on a 203-kilowatt solar energy system that will generate 25% of our energy use from the sun. More than 400 solar panels were installed on the roof of the Motherhouse buildings. This project was a collaboration with Catholic Energies, a program of the Catholic Climate Covenant aimed at helping Catholic organizations implement solar power and energy efficiency projects at no cost to the institution. The solar panels will basically run the chillers, which is the largest producer of energy cost related to the buildings.In addition to [...]

Solar Energy Installation2020-01-29T23:07:00+00:00

Welcome To Three New Covenant Companions

By Mary Ellen Durbin, Covenant Companion On December 8, 2019, the Wheaton Franciscan Community welcomed three new Covenant Companions.  Pat Faivre, Paige Samdal, and Vicki Wojciechowski made their commitment as Covenant Companions at a Sunday Liturgy, in the presence of 83 family members, friends, vowed members and Covenant Companions, as well as over 100 faith community members.The new Covenant Companions were received into the community by Sr. Melanie Paradis, OSF, Provincial Directress of the Wheaton Franciscans.  Each publicly proclaimed their personal covenants and then signed their covenants, along with Sr. Melanie, who represented the Wheaton Franciscan community. All vowed members [...]

Welcome To Three New Covenant Companions2020-01-24T23:52:38+00:00

Mission Trip to Bethlehem Farm

By Sister Toby Bonny, OSF Bethlehem Farm is located in West Virginia, over 600 miles from Wheaton, IL. I was fortunate enough to travel with 3 other fine people: Sister Glenna Czachor, OSF, Andy Joseph, and Steve Demaris, members of the Wheaton Franciscan faith community. Steve volunteered to drive us. We had a great trip and conversation on the drive. This was the first trip to the farm for me and Andy. Steve and Sr. Glenna had been there before. Covenant Companion Tom Ruggaber and his wife Pat were also visiting the farm at this same time. Formerly a Catholic Worker [...]

Mission Trip to Bethlehem Farm2020-01-24T22:34:34+00:00

Honoring The Wheaton Franciscans

The Wheaton Franciscans were recognized and honored for their generosity and support by two separate organizations. On November 15th, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet honored the Wheaton Franciscans with the Esteemed Partner Award. Glenn Van Cura, the Executive Director thanked the community for many decades of support. Most recently, we have supported projects that provide assistance and legal advice to undocumented immigrants. Sr. Melanie received the award on our behalf, and Sr. Glenna joined her for the event. On November 16th, the Conservancy for Heritage and Healing presented the Wheaton Franciscans with the Founders Award. The [...]

Honoring The Wheaton Franciscans2019-12-11T19:22:57+00:00

Honoring Sr. Jane Ann Kiefer

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 [...]

Honoring Sr. Jane Ann Kiefer2019-12-03T22:47:22+00:00

Threads – Season of Creation

 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 connect@wfsisters.org with the information.   [...]

Threads – Season of Creation2019-11-21T18:10:53+00:00

Remembering Laurette Kelly

     “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 [...]

Remembering Laurette Kelly2019-11-21T23:00:59+00:00

Remembering Sr. Rosemarie Burian

"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 [...]

Remembering Sr. Rosemarie Burian2020-02-17T18:34:11+00:00

Celebrating our 2019 Jubilarians

We are happy to honor these wonderful Sisters who will celebrate their 2019 Jubilee. 65 Years   Sister Rosemarie Burian               Sister Maureen Elfrink                 Sister Pat Irr             60 Years   Sisters Rose Mary Pint                 Sister Mary Lou Wirtz    

Celebrating our 2019 Jubilarians2019-11-01T16:30:59+00:00