Ever since Sister Judith Ann became our Major Superior we have a sort of double celebration on or around the Feast St. Jude.
The Feast of St. Jude, October 28, has always been a rather important date for our religious community. It is the day our founding sisters first arrived in Peoria back in 1876. It is also the that that our foundress, Mother M. Frances Krasse, O.S.F., was born into eternal life in 1885.
We celebrate our Major Superior's feast day in a special way, because we look to her as our mother. (For those of you who may not know, in our religious community as with many others, we generally celebrate the feast day of the saint we are named after, our feast day or name day, rather than our birthday.) On that day we offer Mass for her intentions, as well as a spiritual bouquet, and gifts. The gifts may be little things for her personally, things for the community, or hand made items that will most likely go in the annual bazaar. (If you're interested in purchasing some of the crafts and needlework of the Sisters, come for the bazaar November 21-22.) Sister Judith Ann's feast day is the Feast of the Apostle St. Jude.
Hope you enjoy the pictures.
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!
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