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

 

Remembering Sister Elizabeth Marie Klepec, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Elizabeth Marie Klepec, who died on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Sr. Elizabeth Marie’s wake was held at Tezak Funeral Home on March 16, 2020. She was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery

 A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

To read more about Sister Elizabeth Marie’s Life please click here:  Sr. Elizabeth Marie.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Sr.  Elizabeth Marie or any other Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here: Remembering our Deceased Sisters

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry present in all 50 states. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. Here are signs to watch for: Human Trafficking Signs

Please take a few minutes to view this video produced by the IWRAHT (Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking). You can view their video on Youtube and searching for: IWRAHT 10th Anniversary.

Remembering Sister Juanita Regine Ujcik, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister Juanita Regine Ujcik, OSF who died on December 9, 2019.

Sr. Juanita’s Wake and Funeral Mass took place on December 18, 2019 at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, IL.  She was buried on December 19, 2019, at Resurrection Cemetery in the Congregation Plot in Romeoville, Illinois.

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

May she rest in peace.

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

Remembering Sister David Ann Hoy, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Sister David Ann Hoy. Sister David Ann died on Monday, December 9, 2019, at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) in Joliet, Illinois.

Sister David Ann’s wake and Funeral Mass took place on December 12, 2019, at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, IL.  She was buried on December 13, 2019, at Resurrection Cemetery in the Congregation Plot in Romeoville, Illinois.

You can read Sister David Ann’s Alleluia Letter by clicking here: Sr.DavidAnn.

May she rest in peace.

If you would like to make a donation honoring Sr. David Ann, or any other Joliet Franciscan Sister, please click here: Remembering our Deceased Sisters.