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 will have two prayer services to accommodate her extensive family. They will both be held at Resurrection Cemetery on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. We ask that Sisters and Associates attend the 9:00 a.m. and Sister Anna’s family may attend at 10:00 am prayer 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 25, 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.

There will be no wake service.  Sr. Elaine’s prayer service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:30 am.  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 will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Resurrection Cemetery.  Because of Covid restrictions, only those who have made a reservation will be permitted to attend.  Sister Lauren will be buried  in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery after the service.

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

Remembering Sister Mary Berendt, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Sister Mary Berendt.  Sister Mary died on June 11, 2020, at Our Lady of Angels Home in Joliet, Illinois.

Sister Mary’s committal service was held on June 23, 2020, in the chapel of Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois.  She was then buried in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery.

You can read more about Sister Mary’s life by clicking on her Alleluia letter here: Sr. Mary Berendt.

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

Pray For Our Nation

We are a nation living in the depths of incalculable pain.  More than 103,000 of our brothers and sisters have lost their lives to the pandemic.  Forty million people are now among the ranks of the unemployed.  Our economy is in a free-fall most days. And now, because of the tragic killing of George Floyd a week ago, the racial injustice that has been near the boiling point for decades has exploded into rightful peaceful protests, along with the destruction of communities through the senseless acts of vandalism.

As a people, let us take a stand in seeking equal justice for People of Color.  Let us reach out in understanding of each other as we seek to move forward in a country that is built on the belief that all are created equal.  Most importantly, let us pray for healing in a nation that is hurting.

Remembering Sister Mary Franz, OSF

Please pray for our Sister Mary Franz who died on May 7, 2020.  Because of the current restrictions on services for the deceased, Sister Mary’s wake and Prayer Service Mary will not be held at this time.  Her memorial Mass will be offered at a later time.

You can read more about Sister Mary’s life by clicking on her Alleluia Letter here:  Sr. Mary Franz .

May she rest in peace.

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