Franciscan Footprints

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.

Sisters' Jubilee 2014

Jubilarians(video below)  Sunday, May 18th was a beautiful day for a celebration; warm, sunny and green.  More to thank the Lord for.

Of course, the celebration started with a special Mass, because that's the main element in pretty much any good Catholic celebration, right!  Giving thanks to God in the Eucharistic sacrifice.  (I may post the Bishop's homily later, if it is OK with him.) 

We, as a community, give thanks to God for having given us our Sisters:  Sister Mary Josephine, Sister Judith Ann, and Sister Diane Maire.  We thank Him for giving them the grace to persevere in their vocation.  We also thank these, our sisters, for the service they have given to us, as a community and as individuals, in their many years of religious life.

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Institute on Religious Life Meeting 2014

What a great year to be there!

I have gone almost every year since I have was first professed.  This year was truly special though, with the canonization of both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

Monsignor TurroThis year, which was also their 40th anniversary, Monsignor James Turro received the Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award. 

Sister Teresa Paul accompanied me.  It was her first time to the Institute on Religious Life (IRL) national meeting.  As always it was so good to see some many religious from all over the country.  Also, so many good and faithful lay people who support the religious life. 

I'm afraid I didn't really take many pictures, but this year the IRL did a live stream video of many of the main talks and Liturgies.  The videos are on the IRL YouTube channel