So you may have heard about the Pope having declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life back in January. And then, and then, and then.... well we finally have some actual details of what will be going on!
These national and international events are being put on or organized by several different groups: the Vatican and CICLSAL, NRVC, USCCB
Now the CMSWR is also working on plans which they publicized yet, so you may want to keep an eye on their website.
Visitation Comments – Sister Joyce, O.S.F.August 21, 2014
Sister Joyce was born in Cook County, Chicago, IL on October 1, 1942 and entered our Religious Community on September 8, 1965 at the age of 22. She took her final vows on August 6, 1972. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in May 1991 and was on track to celebrate her Golden Jubilee next May 2015.
Sister’s mother died when she was 14 years old and from that time on, with a maturity well beyond her years, she cared for her older brother, Ron and especially her younger brother, Ken, both of whom are with us, Ron from New York and Ken from California. This is a role she never relinquished, even after her father re-married. She was far more focused on their spiritual and physical well-being than on her own, and she loved them with nothing less than a mother’s love. Her joy was to “master plan” every minute of her brothers’ annual visits and would spend literally weeks getting ready so she could spoil them when they came.
Sorry this post is so late.
Yes, Sister Teresa Paul professed her first temporary vows on August 6, 2014, the Feast of the Transfiguration. Unfortunately the Bishop was not available for the Mass, but our motherhouse chaplain did a fine job and we were joined by many of our local priests. Sister also had many of her family members come up from Texas to celebrate with us.
I'm afraid I didn't get around to putting Captions to these. The first few pictures are from the Thanksgiving service the night before the profession Mass. That is when the soon to be professed novice is given her newly blessed professed Sister's habit. At first profession our sisters are also given the Franciscan cord with three knots symbolizing the three vows, the black veil and the crucifix and chain.
Please pray for Sister Teresa Paul that she may be faithful to her vows and persevere in doing God's will.
(If the slideshow doesn't work for you, click here to view the album on Picasa.)
Every year for that last few years the seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria have put on a sisters' appreciation dinner for the sisters serving in the diocese.
It is always a fun event where we can spend some time getting to know the seminarians and visiting with Bishop Jenky and sisters from other communities. The seminarians are always very creative in planning the fun at the party.
This year they followed the World Cup theme and had everything in the colors of the German and Argentinian flags. (Not being a sports fan I didn't catch on to that too quickly, and someone had to tell me. Is there a keyboard emoticon for shame or embarrassment?) Anyways, the décor was all yellow, blue, red and black and there were a lot of soccer balls. Their planned recreation also followed on the World Cup theme, but with a whole lot of ridiculous mixed in. I can't remember all the games but competitive cup stacking and hand shaking were among them.
I think I'll just let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Enjoy!
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
Page 1 of 10
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.