Franciscan Footprints

Solemn Jubilee Mass and Renewal of Vows

Last Friday, May 17, 2013 we celebrated with our Sisters, Sister M. Noreen, Sister M. Loretta, and Sister M. Patricia their 50th, 60th, and 70th Jubilee.

The Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C. and many of the diocesan and religious order priests who serve in the Diocese. It was so rich in meaning and brought back to my mind the joy of the day of my First Profession.

During the Mass, all the professed religious were invited to devotionally renew our vows. We are so happy for our Sister Jubilarians. They are, and continue to be, an inspiration to us of love of and union with God and of steadfast fidelity to their vows.

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USCCB Announces 2013 Fortnight for Freedom

Immaculate ConceptionThe USCCB recently announced it's promotion of a second Fortnight for Freedom. It will be held June 21st through July 4th, 2013.

Below is an excerpt from the News Release on May 13, 2013

Fortnight For Freedom Planned For June 21 To July 4

May 13, 2013

Baltimore and Washington Masses planned to open and close 2013 Fortnight Threats to religious liberty at home and abroad remain

Resources available at http://www.fortnight4freedom.org/

WASHINGTON—The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year's Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special Mass.

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Prayer to End the Death Penalty

 Last September as we approached the Year of Faith the USCCB issued a beautiful prayer calling for an end to the death penalty:

Prison Cell on Alcatraz"Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty. We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be

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Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima

 

Our Lady of Fatima

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Today is the memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.

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Saint Francis Medical Center Chapel Organ Renovation

Recently we have begun a renovation project on the organ which is in the Chapel at our main(and largest) hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. I am really excited to hear it when it is completely finished!

Here is an article on the website of a local news station WEEK, "WEEK-Almost century old instrument being restored at OSF".

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