Franciscan Footprints

Sister Joyce Dura's Visitation

Visitation Comments – Sister Joyce, O.S.F.
August 21, 2014

Sister Joyce was born in Cook County, Chicago, IL on October 1, 1942 and entered our Religious Community on September 8, 1965 at the age of 22.  She took her final vows on August 6, 1972.  She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in May 1991 and was on track to celebrate her Golden Jubilee next May 2015. 

Sister’s mother died when she was 14 years old and from that time on, with a maturity well beyond her years, she cared for her older brother, Ron and especially her younger brother, Ken, both of whom are with us, Ron from New York and Ken from California.  This is a role she never relinquished, even after her father re-married.  She was far more focused on their spiritual and physical well-being than on her own, and she loved them with nothing less than a mother’s love.  Her joy was to “master plan” every minute of her brothers’ annual visits and would spend literally weeks getting ready so she could spoil them when they came.

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Sister Teresa Paul's First Vows

Sorry this post is so late.

Yes, Sister Teresa Paul professed her first temporary vows on August 6, 2014, the Feast of the Transfiguration.  Unfortunately the Bishop was not available for the Mass, but our motherhouse chaplain did a fine job and we were joined by many of our local priests.  Sister also had many of her family members come up from Texas to celebrate with us.

I'm afraid I didn't get around to putting Captions to these.  The first few pictures are from the Thanksgiving service the night before the profession Mass.  That is when the soon to be professed novice is given her newly blessed professed Sister's habit.  At first profession our sisters are also given the Franciscan cord with three knots symbolizing the three vows, the black veil and the crucifix and chain.

Please pray for Sister Teresa Paul that she may be faithful to her vows and persevere in doing God's will.

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Seminarians' Dinner for the Sisters

Every year for that last few years the seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria have put on a sisters' appreciation dinner for the sisters serving in the diocese.

It is always a fun event where we can spend some time getting to know the seminarians and visiting with Bishop Jenky and sisters from other communities.  The seminarians are always very creative in planning the fun at the party.

This year they followed the World Cup theme and had everything in the colors of the German and Argentinian flags.  (Not being a sports fan I didn't catch on to that too quickly, and someone had to tell me. Is there a keyboard emoticon for shame or embarrassment?)  Anyways, the décor was all yellow, blue, red and black and there were a lot of soccer balls.  Their planned recreation also followed on the World Cup theme, but with a whole lot of ridiculous mixed in.  I can't remember all the games but competitive cup stacking and hand shaking were among them.

I think I'll just let the pictures tell the rest of the story.  Enjoy!

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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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