Pax et bonum! (Peace and all good!)
Thank you for stopping by our website.
We hope you will find it helpful, whether you are trying to discern what your vocation (your calling from God) or you just want to find out more about us.
Here is a description of what you will find on our website:
God bless you,
The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis
Officially, we are The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, of East Peoria, Illinois. We were founded in Peoria in 1877 by Mother M. Frances Krasse, O.S.F. and Bishop John Lancaster Spalding
A few more details that may help you to understand us better.
The Franciscan Shield, at the top left corner of this website, can show you a bit about what it means for us to be Franciscan. The words "Deus meus et omnia" mean, "My God and my all." That is the Francisan motto. The Cross is in the center with rays extending from it. In front of the Cross is the bare arm of our Lord Jesus Christ, with the wound from the nail in his hand. Behind the Cross is the arm of Saint Francis of Assisi with the stigmata, the wound of Christ. The arm of St. Francis mirrors the arm of Christ, because he strove to imitate Him in everything. This is all in the clouds to represent how St. Francis now enjoys the glories of heaven with the Lord.
This is the last Open House we'll be having for our celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life. We hope you'll be able to join us.
So, our first open house was a tour of our motherhouse with exhibits and talks on different aspects of our life. The second one was a time to work with our sisters at various outreach projects that serve our mission, and a chance to learn about ways you can continue to help with those efforts. This third and final one will be a pilgrimage of prayer around the various shrines on our motherhouse grounds.
This event is focused on prayer, which is central to our lives as religious. We will process from Chapel to various little shrines around our motherhouse with hymns, prayers, and readings. On returning to the Chapel we will pray Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. (It may be an abbreviated form, I'm not too sure about that.)
And, of course, there will refreshments served at the end. :)
If you, or someone you may be bringing, has limited mobility, there will be some accommodations for that. It would be helpful though if you called the motherhouse ahead of time so that they know if they need to bring out extra wheelchairs, etc.
Where: Motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria, IL (It is on access road 14 on IL Route 116 just west of Germantown Hills.)
When: Sunday, September 13, 2015 2:00-4:00 PM (Please arrive between 1:30 and 2:00 PM. The service will begin at 2:00 PM from the main Chapel and you will want to be ready in Chapel before it starts.)
Questions? Call the Motherhouse at (309) 699-7215
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Are you thinking about becoming a Sister or a Nun? Would you like to know more, discuss your discernment or arrange to come for a visit?
Contact our Vocation Director: Sister Rose Therese, O.S.F.phone: (309) 655-2645mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis House of Formation 740 NE Glen Oak Avenue Peoria, IL 61603-3100Email
Are you trying to reach one of our Sisters or find out about an event at our motherhouse, like our annual bazaar?
Call or write: phone: (309) 699-7215mail: The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis Motherhouse 1175 St. Francis Lane East Peoria, IL 61611-1299
Don’t know who to talk to about a healthcare related issue?
Contact: The individual facility or service line, listed here: http://www.osfhealthcare.org/facilities/ Or, Billing and Charity Assistance: OSF Patient Accounts & Access Center at (309) 683-6750 or toll-free at (800) 421-5700 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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