Franciscan Footprints

Blessing of OSF Saint Luke

A special welcome to the newest member of our OSF family, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center!

Yesterday, April 2, 2014, many of our sisters travelled to Kewanee for the blessing of the hospital.  The definitive agreement to affiliate was signed the day before.

The hospital is a critical access hospital in a rural community in central Illinois.  It existed as Kewanee Hospital, and previously as Kewanee Public Hospital, for 95 years.  The buiding itself is new though, just built in 2006.

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Visit to Rockford Convent

Sister Teresa Paul, as part of her apostolic experience in the second year of her novitiate, has been working at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.  Sister Agnes Joseph, Director of Formation, is up there with her.  So a couple weekends ago the rest of us from the House of Formation went up to visit them at the convent.

Sister Veronica had yet to see St. Anthony's, so she got a bit of a tour.  Sister Teresa Paul was able to tell us about her work up there, and the people she had been with.  She even met Bishop Malloy! :) 


Saint Anthony Health Center in Alton

A good bit of news came out on St. Patrick's Day.

Saint Anthony Health System in Alton and our OSF Healthcare System have signed a letter of intent for Saint Anthony Health System to affiliate with OSF.  I guess the best way to describe a letter of intent would be that it is the beginning of a process of formal investigation and discussion, called "due diligence".  After this is completed, if everything goes as we hope, we will sign a definitive agreement, get the appropriate approvals from the State and the Vatican, and then Saint Anthony Health System will become part of the family.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Martyr St. George explained the proposed merger on the radio, here.

2014 Spring Discernment Retreat

We have the date set for our next Discernment Retreat. It will be Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1, 2014.

The retreat is for single Catholic women, between the ages of 18 and 40, who are discerning their vocation. You will join our Sisters for Mass Saturday and Sunday, Confession, Adoration and Benediction, Rosary, the Liturgy of the Hours and the Franciscan Crown. The topics of the talks will include prayer, discernment, the religious life and our community.

Come and see what it is like to be a sister. We would love to have you.

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Annual Retreat 2014

Every year each of our Sisters attend a 7-day silent retreat. We have retreat two times a year, because we can’t all go at the same time, in February and August. I was on the February retreat this year and it was wonderful.  We had Father Denis Gill as our retreat master.  The snow, yes snow again, gave him some trouble travelling here.  (He was delayed, then missed a flight and ended up meeting one of our doctors and his wife at the Airport and driving down from Chicago with them.)  So he wasn’t able to give the first conference.  The conferences that he was able to give were so good.

Read more: Annual Retreat 2014