Franciscan Footprints

Prayer to End the Death Penalty

 Last September as we approached the Year of Faith the USCCB issued a beautiful prayer calling for an end to the death penalty:

Prison Cell on Alcatraz"Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty. We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be

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Saint Francis Medical Center Chapel Organ Renovation

Recently we have begun a renovation project on the organ which is in the Chapel at our main(and largest) hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. I am really excited to hear it when it is completely finished!

Here is an article on the website of a local news station WEEK, "WEEK-Almost century old instrument being restored at OSF".

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Come for our Discernment Retreat

We hope you'll be able to join us for our discernment retreat, June 6-8, 2013, at our Motherhouse.

It will start Thursday evening with Rosary and Evening Prayer at 4:45pm and end after the noon meal on Saturday. Friday is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and First Friday too. We will be having our usual monthly day of recollection that day, so there will be silence and Expostition of the Blessed Sacrament after morning Mass until after Evening Prayer. We will also have confessions that day. Saturday is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and First Saturday. We will have Mass, a morning conference with Monsignor Stanley Deptula and Marian devotions. There will be a few talks by the Sisters and an opportunity for a private conference with a Sister.

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Welcome to the New Website

Well, it has finally happened!

Our new website and blog are up and running.  I think I've been announcing its coming for YEARS.

We hope you like it.  It may take us a while yet to get the gallery developed. I know we need some video. That's the next big project after this one.

Let us know what you think.