Franciscan Footprints

St. Therese Discernment Retreat

Retreat participantsWe had eight wonderful young women join us for the St. Therese Discernment Retreat, September 20-21, 2013. I think we all had a good time and I think the retreatants found the retreat to be helpful to them in their discernment.

You can click on the image to view more pictures. I didn't get any pictures of the bonfire. If anyone from the retreat wants to email me some pictures of that, or anything else I missed, I can add them to the gallery.

We haven't picked the date for the next St. Therese Discernment Retreat, but I will post it as soon as we have it.

God bless you all.

Sisters' Picnic

All our Sisters got together on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 2013 to have a community picnic.

It is always a special time when we can all get togther.  It is a special day for Franciscans too because of our devotion to the Cross and Christ Crucified, and because it was on or around that feast day that St. Francis received the stimata.

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Catholic Events

It has been a full summer.  So much so that I am only writing about it at the end of October.  (shame on me.)

We have gone to several events this past summer.  We wrote earlier about the Totus Tuus Camp in Rapid City, SD. 

The Midwest Catholic Family Conference was another first for us.  We were really impressed.  They had separate trackes for all the kids, so the parents could attend the talks.  Sister Faustina and I, and several volunteers, had one of the groups of 3-4 year olds.  They were so cute.  They had a great curriculum worked out for all the kids.  They had a young adults track in the evenings.  It must have been a tremendous amount of work to get it all together and set up and it is all run by volunteers. 

The Heart United Rosary Rally was another good event.  The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate, that ran the rally, has a number of different groups and events.  There seems to be a lot of good things going on there up in Milwaukee.  Another we heard about was Arise Ministries which is a group of young adults that do parish missions.

There were a couple good Catholic events that I think you may want to look into for the future.

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Sister Maria Goretti

Our dear Sister Maria Goretti Althaus passed onto her enternal reward at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at our Motherhouse.  She was 83 years old and was in her 63rd year of religious life. 

Sister was born on April 10, 1930, in Buer-Hassel, Germany, to Bernard and Maria (Wersthaus) Althaus.  Surviving are one sister, Margaret Hartwig, and one brother, Alfons Althaus, both living in Germany.  She entered the convent on Nov. 30, 1950, at Bad Pyrmont, Germany.  (We used to have a novitiate in Germany until immigration became too much of a problem.) 

During her 62 years in religious life, she worked as a nurse's aide at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, Michigan. Sister served as a devoted nurse's aide at the Motherhouse Infirmary for 52 years, caring for our elderly and infirmed Sisters.

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November 2013 Discernment Retreat

Women’s Discernment Retreat

Blessed Sacrament“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Cor. 3:16

November 8-10, 2013

At the motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis near East Peoria, Illinois

Join other young women and come away from your work and studies for a few days of prayer and adoration.

All single Catholic women, aged 18-40, who are discerning their vocation may attend.

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 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Ends: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Deadline for Registration: Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Cost: There is not cost to attend.
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