Franciscan Footprints

St. Therese Vocation Camp 2014

The Diocese of Rockford is kind enough to sponsor an annual vocation camp for girls and young women.  We have been involved in it several years and it has been a great experience for us, and I think for the girls as well.  There was a great group of sisters there this year, and as always the women from the Diocese who are the backbone of the camp.  It was great having Father Romke there.  He was great with the girls. 

We tried some new things this year that really improved the experience, especially for the college students, and we have plans for improvements for next year as well.  The biggest improvement that we made this year was having a separate program for the college students.  This was mostly so they could have a more retreat like environment.  They slept in the retreat center instead of the youth center.  They had a separate schedule, a different theme with different talks.

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Community Recreation Day - June 2014

So, what exactly is a community recreation day? 

Perhaps you could look at it like a scheduled snow day.  We really didn't really have much planned, but we were all together.  So we could visit, play games, work on the jigsaw puzzle or on our craft projects, ... sleep.  It was time to be with our Sisters from other convents. Time to visit with the Sisters in the infirmary or take take them out for a walk.

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Discernment Retreat - Spring 2014

Looks like time has gotten away from me again. This article is about a month late. Oops.

Special thanks to the young women who came for the discernment retreat at our Motherhouse. We truly enjoyed having you, and we hope the retreat helped you with your vocation discernment. Thanks to Father Jeremy Freehill for leading us in the Holy Hour, hearing confessions and for his

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Eureka College Honors Sister Judith Ann

Our Major Superior, Sister Judith Ann, who this year celebrates 50 years in religious life, was honored in a special way by Eureka College, in Eureka, IL.  She was asked to give the commencement address for their graduation ceremony on May 10, 2014.  Sister was also given the President's Servant Leader Award from President J. David Arnold and an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from the board of trustees of Eureka College.

Fittingly, her commencement address focused on servant leadership, a topic near and dear to her heart.

Congratulations, Sister.  And a happy and fruitful future to all the graduates at Eureka College.

Peoria Ordinations 2014

Sister Teresa Paul and I were able to attend the Ordination Mass for Fathers Chase Hilgenbrinck, Matthew Hoelscher, Corey Krengiel, and Kyle Lucas today.  It was a beautiful Mass and a beautiful day, thank you God.

I thought this part of the Mass, the questions from the Examination of the Candidates, was particularily telling of what a vocation to the priesthood is all about.

May God bless them and keep them ever faithful to Him.