As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, we stand with the other more than 1300 leaders of Catholic sisters nationwide as we make this statement:
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) joins with the world in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and lawlessness yesterday in our nation’s capital. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us. We commend and thank the members of Congress who courageously continued their service to the nation last night even amid the chaos.
In our increasingly divided nation, we renew our commitment to the common good and pledge to take up the challenge to use our energy to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union. We invite all people of good will to join us and we call on our elected leaders to point the way.
Out of an abundance of caution and prevention, all events that had been scheduled at the Joliet Franciscan Center, have been cancelled until further notice. We will continue to keep you notified of any changes as they become available. Thank you for understanding.
You are remembered in our prayers. God bless you.
As Sisters of St. Francis, we embrace the Gospel way of life. We accept the challenge Jesus first gave Francis of Assisi, “Go, rebuild my Church.” Under the patronage of Mary Immaculate, we open ourselves to the Spirit of God at work within us. Following the example of our foundress, Mother Alfred Moes, we are women religious who take risks, assume new tasks and devote new energies as we seek out those in need and share our lives with them.
We have entered into our 155th year and look forward to our unfolding history. We continue to serve where God sends us and hold fast to the words, “Where one of us is, all of us are.”
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Community and Prayer are two things that are essential in our lives. As Franciscan women, we pray “always and everywhere.” While the Eucharist remains central to our lives, prayer enriches us in a variety of forms, both communally and individually. Click the title or icon above for more information.