Remembering Sister Jeanette Willenborg, OSF

Sister Jeanette Willenborg entered eternal life on June 23, 2018. Her prayer service and Mass were held at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  Burial will take place at a future date.

Sister Jeanette was born on November 24, 1948 to Shirley (Bushue) and Virgil Willenborg.  She entered the Joliet Franciscan novitiate on August 12, 1967, made first profession in 1969 and professed her perpetual vows in 1977.

You can read more about Sister Jeanette’s live by clicking on:  Sr. Jeanette

May she rest in peace.

Remembering Sister Loretta (Miriam Edward) Wagner, OSF

Sister Loretta Wagner, affectionately known as Sister Mim, entered eternal life on June 9, 2018. Her wake and funeral were held at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home on June 13, 2018. She is buried in the community plot at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois.

Sister Loretta was born on August 23, 1918 to Edward and Cirilla (Zientarski) Wajrowski. She entered the Joliet Franciscan novitiate in August 12, 1935, made first profession in 1937 and professed her perpetual vows in 1940.

You can read more about Sister Loretta’s life by clicking on:  Sr. Loretta

May she rest in peace.

Remembering Sister Judith Kurry, OSF

Sister Judith Kurry peacefully entered eternal life on May 24, 2018. Her wake and funeral were held at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home on May 31, 2018. She is buried in the community plot at Resurrection Cemetery.

Sister Judith was born on November 25, 1918 to John and Mary (Sugar) Kurry. She entered the Joliet Franciscan novitiate in August 12, 1936, made first profession in 1938 and professed her perpetual vows in 1941.  She was an educator all of her life, ministering in schools in both Illinois and Ohio.

You can read more about Sister Judith’s life by clicking on:  Sr. Judith.

May she rest in peace.

Sister Deborah Gaughan Makes Profession

On April 28, 2018, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate celebrated the perpetual vows of Sister Deborah Gaughan.  She becomes the 1,256 perpetual professed member of the Congregation. Sister Deborah willingly professed her vows of living in poverty, in chastity and in obedience according to the Rule and Life of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis and the Constitutions of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. She then accepted a ring, as a sign of Jesus’ love and faithfulness and as a reminder of her commitment to Him and to His people. God’s plan for her had come to fruition. What was planted in her as a first grader has become a reality.

To read more about Sister Deborah’s profession, as highlighted in the Herald News, please click here:  Sister Deborah

Remembering Sister Marlene Ambrose, OSF

Sister Marlene Ambrose entered eternal life on May 17, 2018. Her wake and funeral were held at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home on May 20, 2018. She is buried in the community plot at Resurrection Cemetery.

Sister Marlene was born on March 29, 1927 to Valentine and Ursula (Makse) Ambrose. She entered the Joliet Franciscan novitiate in August 12, 1944, made first profession in 1946 and professed her perpetual vows in 1949.

To read more about Sister Marlene’s life, please click here: Sr. Marlene Ambrose

May she rest in peace.

Remembering Sister Margaret Alice Martinek, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Margaret Alice Martinek who died the morning of April 17, 2018.  Her wake and funeral Mass took place on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet. She is buried in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois.

To read more about Sister Margaret Alice’s life, please click on: Sister Margaret Alice

May she rest in peace.

Happy Feast Day – Feast of the Profession of St. Francis

In 1209, Pope Innocent III accepted the first Rule and the Franciscan Order received its canonical status. It is our tradition that we, as followers of Francis, renew our commitments this day. You are invited to renew your vows to commemorate this Feast.

Happy Feast Day!

Our Earth: A Franciscan Mediation

Our Earth:  A Franciscan Meditation

All creatures on earth need other creatures to survive including ourselves. All creatures are needed for the harmony of the earth. The one creature not needed by other creatures is the human being. Water does not need us. Air does not need us. Plants and animals do not need us. At least in times past they did not need us. But they need us now because of what we have done to water, air, earth and its creatures.

We humans have forgotten how to live in harmony with nature and consequently with each other! Because we have forgotten our rightful role as stewards, care-takers of creation, we have become the enemy, the annihilators of creation by our abuse, misuse and our appropriation for self what was meant for everyone. So we have created a needy earth, an earth that needs us to turn our minds and hearts to remembering that all creation is for our caring and thoughtful sharing.

Can we respond to our planet that is crying out in so many ways, asking for our help, our love, our care and respect? Maybe if we could remember, recognize our rightful place here on earth as stewards and care-takers of Mother Earth we would also awaken to our role as sister and brother to all creatures as our Father Francis did. Then the harmony would return and we could sing together: “The heavens are telling the glory of God and all creation is shouting for joy!”

By:  Sr. Rose Marie Surwilo, OSF

 

Beatitudes in honor of Sr. Anne Wayrowski, OSF

Remembering Sister Anne Wayrowski, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Anne Wayrowski, OSF, who died on March 14, 2018.  Sister Anne’s wake and funeral mass took place on March 20, 2018. Her burial was on March 21, 2018.  She is buried in the Congregational Plot at Resurrection Cemetery.

You can view the Livestream of Sr. Anne’s wake and funeral mass by going to our homepage and clicking on the colored shield – which will take you directly to our livestream channel.

You can read more about Sister Anne’s life by clicking on:  Sister Anne

May she rest in peace.