Franciscan Footprints

Events for the Year of Consecrated Life

So you may have heard about the Pope having declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life back in January.  And then, and then, and then.... well we finally have some actual details of what will be going on!

  • November 29, 2014: Opening Prayer Vigil (This is in Rome I believe.)
  • November 30, 2014: Opening Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life with Pope Francis (again in Rome)  Now you may want to check with your diocese to see if they have anything planned.  The Diocese of Peoria will have it's opening Mass on November 23.
  • January 22-24, 2015: Meeting of Catholic and non-Catholic consecrated men and women during Christian Unity week (in Rome)
  • February 8, 2015: Religious Open House. Events will include tours, open houses, receptions, family activities, and presentations on the history of religious communities at convents, abbeys, monasteries and religious houses. (individual religious communities throughout the US)
  • Second week of April, 2015: International conference on religious formation (Rome)
  • Summer 2015: Day of Mission and Service with Religious. Events will include joining religious in their apostolates or special service projects, such as assisting the elderly, ministering to the poor and homeless, and caring for the less fortunate. (individual religious communities throughout the US)
  • September 13, 2015: Day of Prayer with Religious. Events will include vespers, rosary or holy hours in convents, monasteries, religious houses, parishes and churches. (individual religious communities throughout the US)
  • September 18-19, 2015: Wake Up the World Conference, celebrating the joy of the consecrated life. (in Peoria, more info to follow at a later date)
  • September 23-26, 2015: Event for young men and women in discernment and in the process of joining religious orders up to ten years in vows (in Rome)
  • December 18-21, 2015: Separate meetings for members of monastic orders and of secular institutes. (in Rome)
  • January 28 - February 1, 2016: Theological symposium on religious life (in Rome)
  • February 2, 2016: Closing Mass with Pope Francis on World Day of Consecrated Life (in Rome)

These national and international events are being put on or organized by several different groups: the Vatican and CICLSAL, NRVC, USCCB

Now the CMSWR is also working on plans which they publicized yet, so you may want to keep an eye on their website.

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.

(If the slideshow doesn't work for you, click here to view the album on Picasa.)

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!

(If the slideshow doesn't work for you, click here to view the album on Picasa.)

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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