Franciscan Footprints

ear of Consecrated Life Come Serve with Us EventAs part of our celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, we will be having our second open house on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  We hope you'll be able to join us.  The theme of this open house is "Come Serve with Us".

The USCCB's Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations along with the three religious leadership conferences in the United States, have planned for three Days with Religious, this one being the second.

There will be Come Serve with Us events at many religious houses around the US this summer.  As I've already said above, ours will be on June 13, which is the feast day of one of our community patrons, the Evangelical Doctor St. Anthony of Padua, a great Franciscan saint.  (If you get lost on the way to the motherhouse, pray to Tony.)

So, what will we be doing?  How will we be serving?  It was a little difficult for us to find a way for visitors to work with us for half a day.  There would have to be orientation, training and forms to do if we tried to do something with patients in our healthcare facilities.  After a little brainstorming we figured out some projects that anyone can to that will impact the lives of patients in our care.

We'll be working on some gifts and cards for patients in OSF Hospice Services and the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, and our Faith Community Nurse Program.  There will also be some craft projects to complete that will be sold at our Annual Fall Bazaar.  All proceeds from the bazaar go to our mission fund to support the poor and the needy both locally and around the world. If you like writing, packing, wrapping, crafting, decorating, cutting, or punching (paper, that is) this should be right up your alley.

The Faith Community Nursing program and OSF Hospice and Hospice Home are in need of volunteers.  You'll have the opportunity to learn about other ways you can help.

We had a great turn out for our last Open House on February 15th.  If you weren't able to come to that, you will have the opportunity to have a short tour of the motherhouseRefreshments will be available.

Children are welcome.  We'll have some little projects they can work on as well.

Please if you can, bring some non-perishable food items for local food pantries.

Where: Motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, 1175 St. Francis Lane, East Peoria, IL (It is on access road 14 on IL Route 116 just west of Germantown Hills.)

When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 1:00-4:00 PM

What to bring: Non-perishable food items, your creativity, your heart and your hands.  (And perhaps an apron in case glue or glitter happens.)

Questions? Call the Motherhouse at (309) 699-7215

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