Franciscan Footprints

Franciscan Sisters' Easter 2014

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

They say a picture's worth a thousand words. So I guess here's my 6000 word essay, "What We Sisters Did this Easter."

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Life and Love Unlimited Conference

Several months back, Paul Kortz, FertilityCare Coordinator at our OSF FertilityCare Center, contacted Sister Judith Ann and encouraged her to send one of our sisters or doctors to the Life and Love Unlimited Conference.  It is run by the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE, in conjunction with the training for the FertilityCare Practitioners and Medical Consultants.  I was the only one available at the time, so I got to go.

You may want to go too if you want to learn more about the Catholic Church's teaching on reproductive health!

After stopping by at Loras College to see someone, I drove down to Omaha for the five-day conference.  I have to admit, it was not what I expected, although I really didn't have much information about it before going.  It was really more education/training than my idea of a conference.  Probably more useful because of that though.  The days were pretty full. 

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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.