Remembering Sister Dorothy Clare Zuleski, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death our Sister Dorothy Clare Zuleski.  Sister Dorothy died on June 14, 2021.  Our deepest condolences to Sister Dorothy Clare’s family and friends and to her last remaining classmate, Sister Lucille Krippel.

Sister Dorothy Clare’s prayer service will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 at the Chapel at Resurrection Cemetery beginning at 9:30 a.m.  She will be buried in the Congregation’s Plot at Resurrection Cemetery.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sister Dorothy Clare Zuleski or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here:  Remembering our Deceased Sisters

May she rest in peace.

Remembering Sister Felicity Gaffney, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Felicity Gaffney.  Sister Felicity died peacefully on Saturday, June 5, 2021.  Our prayers and sympathy to Sister Felicity’s family and friends.

Sister Felicity was the last in her class to celebrate her 80th Jubilee in 2019.  She had also reached a milestone birthday, 100 years old, on May 6, 2021.

There will be a prayer service held for Sister Felicity on June 15, 2021, at Dames Funeral Home in Joliet, beginning at 9:30 AM.  Since she requested to be cremated her cremains will be placed in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery at a later date.  May she rest in peace.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sister Felicity Gaffney or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here:  Remembering our Deceased Sisters

 

Remembering Sister Nadine Overbeck, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Nadine Overbeck. Sister Nadine died peacefully on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Our prayers and sympathy to Sister Nadine’s family and friends and to her classmates, Sisters Leomarie Luecke, Mary Ann Clark, Geraldine Podobnik, Rita Vahling, Kathleen Bushur, Margaret Ann Lanagan, Lourdes Boyer, Clarita Schumacher and Alice Ann Harcharik.

Sister Nadine’s Prayer Service took place on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Resurrection Cemetery. She will be laid to rest in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sister Nadine Overbeck or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here:  Remembering our Deceased Sisters

Remembering Sister Anna Konrath, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Anna Konrath. Sister Anna died peacefully on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Our prayers and sympathy to her family and her classmates: Sister Dorothy Clare Zuleski and Sister Lucille Krippel .

Sister Anna had two prayer services to accommodate her extensive family. They were both held at Resurrection Cemetery on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. She was laid to rest in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery after the service. May she rest in peace.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sister Anna Konrath or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here:  Remembering our Deceased Sisters

Statement on AA/PI Hate Crimes

In 2016, the Joliet Franciscan Sisters committed to a Corporate Stance of anti-racism. Within this statement, we committed to make a conscious intentional effort to eradicate racist nature in all its forms.

In 2020, as women of faith and participants in the global community, we stood in outrage at the senseless killing of George Floyd, a black man who became a symbol of the abhorrent treatment of people of color for decades.

While this was happening, we were unaware that largely due to the root of the pandemic, hate crimes were growing by leaps and bounds in this country against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We are now aware of the depth and breadth of the verbal, physical and cultural abuse being inflicted upon the AAPI community.

As we stated last year, let us reach out in understanding of each other as we seek to move forward in a country that remains built on the belief that all are created equal. Most importantly, we must join in praying for healing in a nation that is still hurting.

Remembering Sister Elaine Murphy, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Elaine Murphy.  Sister Elaine died on Saturday, March 20, 2021.  Our prayers and sympathy to her family and her classmates: Sisters Leomarie Luecke, Nadine Overbeck, Mary Ann Clark, Geraldine Podobnik, Rita Vahling, Kathleen Bushur, Margaret Ann Lanagan, Lourdes Boyer, Clarita Schumacher and Alice Ann Harcharik.

Sr. Elaine’s prayer service was held at the Chapel located at Resurrection Cemetery on Thursday, March 25, 2021. She was laid to rest in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery after the service. May she rest in peace.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sr. Elaine Murphy or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here:  Remembering our Deceased Sisters

Remembering Sister Lauren Wiegman, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Lauren Wiegman, OSF.  Sister Lauren died on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Our sympathy and prayers to her family and friends, especially Sister Marie Miller who has lived with Sister Lauren for many years, and to her classmates: Sisters Janet Tucci, Margaret Krieger, Joan Clare Wisner, Phyllis Pitz, Albert Marie Papesh, and her former classmate, Associate Barbara Pals.

Sister Lauren’s Prayer Service took place on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Resurrection Cemetery. Sister Lauren was laid to rest in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery after the service. May she rest in peace.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sister Lauren Wiegman or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here: Remembering our Deceased Sisters

 

 

 

Remembering Sister Clare Wand, OSF

Please remember our Sister Clare Wand who died on Sunday, November 8, 2020.  Our sympathy to her family, her remaining classmate, Sister Margaret Ann Zimmerman and to her friend of many years, Sister Thadine Kaminski.

Sister Clare was laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois on Friday, November 13, 2020.  May she rest in peace.

We will post her Alleluia Letter as soon as it becomes available.

 

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sr. Clare Wand or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here: Remembering our Deceased Sisters

 

Archbishop Wilton Gregory elevated to Cardinal

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious rejoices over the news of the appointment of Archbishop Wilton Gregory as a cardinal in the Catholic Church. Over the years we have been grateful to Archbishop Gregory’s leadership within the church where he has not only been a strong pastoral presence, but also a fearless outspoken critic of injustice. His public stances on many critical matters such as the repair of the US immigration system, race relations, climate change, sexual abuse within the church, LGBTQ matters, and much more reveal his deep integrity and courage.

In making this historic appointment of the first African-American cardinal, Pope Francis is clearly giving a message about the importance of assuring racial diversity at all levels of society and within the church. We are pleased that the African-American voice will be represented in this important decision-making body.

As an organization headquartered in the Washington archdiocese, we are especially pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Archbishop Gregory. We look forward to this continuing relationship and congratulate him on this important recognition of his gifts and abilities as an outstanding leader.

 

Remembering Sister Margaret Rose Sczesniak, OSF

Sister Margaret Rose Sczesniak died on September 5, 2020.  Our sympathy to her family and friends and to her classmates, Sisters Dorothy Clare Zuleski, Anna Konrath and Lucille Krippel.

Sister Margaret Rose was laid to rest on Monday, September 14, 2020, at Resurrection  Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois.  There was a commital service prior to her burial, in the Chapel at Resurrection Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

You can learn more about Sister Margaret’s life by clicking on her Alleluia Letter here:  Sister Margaret

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sr. Margaret Rose or another Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here: Remembering our Deceased Sisters