We have the date for our next women's vocation discernment retreat!
It will be November 14-16, 2014.
Come away from your work and studies for a few days of prayer and adoration. Open for single Catholic women, aged 18-45, who are discerning their vocation.The retreat will include Holy Mass, Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, and talks on prayer, discernment, vocations and the religious life. (And, of course some fun and visiting with others who are discerning and our sisters.)
Begins: Friday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m.Ends: Sunday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m.Deadline: Friday, November 7, 2014Cost: There is no cost to attend.
Fall 2014 Discernment Retreat Registration
The Diocese of Rockford is kind enough to sponsor an annual vocation camp for girls and young women. We have been involved in it several years and it has been a great experience for us, and I think for the girls as well. There was a great group of sisters there this year, and as always the women from the Diocese who are the backbone of the camp. It was great having Father Romke there. He was great with the girls.
We tried some new things this year that really improved the experience, especially for the college students, and we have plans for improvements for next year as well. The biggest improvement that we made this year was having a separate program for the college students. This was mostly so they could have a more retreat like environment. They slept in the retreat center instead of the youth center. They had a separate schedule, a different theme with different talks.
So, what exactly is a community recreation day?
Perhaps you could look at it like a scheduled snow day. We really didn't really have much planned, but we were all together. So we could visit, play games, work on the jigsaw puzzle or on our craft projects, ... sleep. It was time to be with our Sisters from other convents. Time to visit with the Sisters in the infirmary or take take them out for a walk.
Looks like time has gotten away from me again. This article is about a month late. Oops.
Special thanks to the young women who came for the discernment retreat at our Motherhouse. We truly enjoyed having you, and we hope the retreat helped you with your vocation discernment. Thanks to Father Jeremy Freehill for leading us in the Holy Hour, hearing confessions and for his
Our Major Superior, Sister Judith Ann, who this year celebrates 50 years in religious life, was honored in a special way by Eureka College, in Eureka, IL. She was asked to give the commencement address for their graduation ceremony on May 10, 2014. Sister was also given the President's Servant Leader Award from President J. David Arnold and an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from the board of trustees of Eureka College.
Fittingly, her commencement address focused on servant leadership, a topic near and dear to her heart.
Congratulations, Sister. And a happy and fruitful future to all the graduates at Eureka College.
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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
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