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.





Supper With The Sisters and a Special Guest


Have you wondered about religious life?  We invite you to join the Sisters of the Joliet Diocese (and our own, Sister Peggy Quinn) to Supper with the Sisters and special guest, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon.  This event will take place on on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at St. Ann Parish Hall located at 24500 S. Navajo Drive in Channahon (door 4).  You will need to RSVP by March 9th to Renee McIlheran at renee_ever@yahoo.com or call (815) 467-2910.

Remembering Sister Dominic Krivich, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Sister Dominic Krivich on the evening of February 8, 2018 at Our Lady of Angels Home (OLA) in Joliet.

Sister Dominic’s wake, prayer service and funeral Mass took place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at OLA located at 1201 Wyoming Avenue in Joliet, IL.  Visitation was from 2:00- 6:45 p.m. and a prayer service at 4:45 pm (which was live-streamed).  The Mass of Christian Burial began at 7:00 p.m. and was also live-streamed.

Sister Dominic’s burial took place on Friday February, 16, 2018. She is buried in the Congregation Plot at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL.

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

May she rest in peace.


Remembering Sister Maria Aparecida “Cida” Teles Proto, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Sister Maria Aparecida Teles Proto, fondly remembered as Sr. Cida Teles, who died in Goiania, Brazil on February 1, 2018.

There will be a memorial Mass for Sr. Cida on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM at Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Joliet, which will also so be live-streamed.

To view Sister Maria’s Alleluia Letter, please click here:  Sister Maria

May she rest in peace.


Remembering Sister Patricia McGuckin, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Sister Patricia McGuckin, OSF, who died this morning, January 24th, at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet.

Following are her arrangements at OLA – 1201 Wyoming Avenue – Joliet, IL.

Wake ~ Monday, January 29, 2018 from 2:00 — 6:45 p.m.
Prayer Service ~ at 4:45 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial ~ at 7:00 p.m.

Burial ~ Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Leaving OLA at 9:00 a.m. to Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville, Illinois.

To read more about Sister Patricia McGuckin’s life, please click on:  Sister Pat

May she rest in peace.

Sister Maria Barbosa will make her final profession

Sister Maria das Mercês Alves Barbosa will be making her Final Profession of vows on January 13, 2018 in the Chapel of the San Damiano Institute in Aparecida de Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil.  The Archbishop of Goiânia, Dom Washington Cruz, will preside at the celebration.  Sisters Dolores Zemont and Rosemary Fonck will travel from Joliet to take part in the celebration.  To read more about Sister Maria please click on: Sister Maria


Relaxing Time at Franciscan Autumn Feast

This year’s 28th Annual Franciscan Autumn Feast proved to a relaxing time where guests were able to get together and enjoy each other’s company while also supporting the Mission and Ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis. Nan Nagl, Mission Advancement Director, was told during the event, “it was like being at a family party.”  The Sisters are very grateful to all who participated to make this event a huge success.

In addition to raising funds for their ministries and retired sisters, the Joliet Franciscan Sisters also took time to recognize two honorees who have made an impact on both the Sisters lives and the Joliet community at large.  St. John the Baptist Parish was honored with the Mother Alfred Moes Award and Joseph and Jodie (posthumously) received the Joliet Franciscan Heritage Award.

In presenting the Mother Alfred Moes Award, Sister Dolores Zemont, President of the Congregation, reminded those present that without the invitation of the pastor of St. John’s to Mother Alfred, the foundress of the Congregation, the Joliet Franciscans would probably not be here today.  “All of the ministries in which we have served for the past 152 years, as well as our beginnings, evolved from that very first invitation from St. John’s Church to teach their children in 1863,” said Sister Dolores.  Today, St. John’s continues to make an impact in the community providing various programs including social justice initiatives and food assistance.

In honoring the Adlers with the Joliet Franciscan Award, Sister Dolores stated, “…Together, they strove for justice for all. Together, they were involved in the Christian Family Movement. They were founding members of the Will County Conference of Religion and Race as well as the Spanish Community Center which still continues contributing to the lives of our brothers and sisters on the east side of Joliet.”  She went on to say, “Even after Jodie’s death in 2014, Joe has continued to be a force for peace and justice in the Joliet area through his tireless contributions of time, talent and treasure, meeting many needs of the Joliet community.  Justice for all burns in his heart and his soul, as it did for Jodie.”

“We are very grateful for the work of the Autumn Feast Committee, our friends, our supporters, our sponsors, our benefactors and friends who all make this event possible,” added Sister Dolores.

For the past several years, the sisters have asked guests to bring a box of pasta, jello or cereal to this event to share with a local food panty.  This year, two vans were filled to capacity with the food that was collected during the event. These were then taken to St. John the Baptist Food Panty.

Remembering Sister Loretta Vetter, OSF

Our Sister Loretta Vetter, OSF, died peacefully at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, IL on October 9, 2017.

Her wake and funeral Mass took place on Monday, October 16 at OLA and her burial took place on Tuesday, October 17.  She is buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL.  You can view her wake and funeral Mass by going to our homepage and clicking on the colorful shield which will take you to our livestream page.

You can read about Sister Loretta’s life by clicking on the following link:  Sr. Loretta Vetter.

May she rest in peace.