My Vocation Story – Sr. Peggy Quinn

Everyone is called by God to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in a unique way. I had to discover my unique way. And now I can see how it continues to unfold in my life in community.  Reflecting on my personal vocation story renews my dedication and my sense of purpose in life.

As a child I was touched by the magazines that talked and portrayed the poor around the world. I thought that missionary work would be my calling. In high school, that awareness expanded to see the needs of people all around me in daily situations. In college I was attracted further to topics of faith and poverty, so I decided to major in Theology. The opportunity to be a missionary finally came to me when I was a junior in college. I heard a sermon about the U. S. mission territory in the Appalachian Mountains.  Within a few months I was on my way to Kentucky for the first time.

That first experience led to others. I was drawn to that life. The service seemed to be about accepting people and sharing the simple joys of life while trying to help people attain the basic needs of life. Though all of this deepened within me what I now see as my Franciscan calling, I still had not met the Franciscans. My faith was becoming more important to me and religious life in general was real for me, but I did not think of joining a community. I was not attracted to any of the five congregations I had had in school as teachers or with whom I lived. I loved the individuals and what they stood for but was not attracted to what I would now call the spirit of their congregations. It never crossed my mind to go looking for the right congregation. God had to do most of the work for me.

The identification with the spirit of Joliet Franciscans came at a later time when I was serving full time in Kentucky. I knew that I did not have to be a religious to be active in the mission of the Church.  However, when I met the Joliet Franciscans, I knew my journey took a new step.

Three Joliet Franciscans had come to volunteer for several weeks in the summer. I was not looking to grasp their spirit, but while they prayed together, played together and gave themselves to the people and the work, they had a joy that was special. Their spirit captured mine. There was a sense of being myself with them that I could not ignore.

The rest, as they say, is history.  I look back at this part of the story and one of the things that strikes me is the naturalness of each step.  I felt lead by life and by the Spirit. I was eventually called to high school ministry as teacher and campus minister for many years, both in Illinois and Colorado. In that ministry I was once again discovering that call to the poor in my work with youth, organizing with my coworkers many mission trips for students and service clubs and activities. I’ve also had opportunities to serve in congregation ministry and leadership, meeting sisters from all over the world and coming to know my own sisters and associates in new ways.  Francis found what was his to do. I continue to find what is mine and what is ours to do.  Each day this journey in poverty, in community, in service continues. The call is ongoing.

5th Annual Afternoon Tea

The 5th Annual Afternoon Tea took place at the Jacob Henry Mansion on May 7, 2017.  Over 150 women participated and enjoyed the pageantry of being at the Mansion, the delicious food and lively entertainment.  We are very grateful to our Tea committee, our sponsors and of course all the women who brought donations of food while spending time and treasure at this fundraiser.

Mark your calendar for next year’s Afternoon Tea; it is an event you won’t want to miss!  The date is scheduled for Sunday, April 29th at the Jacob Henry Mansion.  If you would like to be placed on the invitation list, please call our office at (815) 725-8735.

To read more about the 5th Annual Afternoon Tea, please click on:  Afternoon Tea-2017

Nothing Can Make God Stop Loving Us

Sister Barbara spoke at the April 12th Prayer Breakfast on “Nothing Can Make God Stop Loving Us.  Among the things she reminded us is that God is love and that each and every one of us is loved. She went on to say, “As we approach Holy Week, this is the time we focus on the passion and death of Jesus. The crucifixion is about love!  It is the ultimate sign of God’s deep love for us. As Pope Francis tells us, ‘God loves us as we are. No sin, fault or mistake can make God change His mind.’  Through the love of the cross, God says: I don’t care what you’ve done, I don’t care who you’ve treated poorly in the past, I don’t care about the stumbling blocks or obstacles you continue to struggle with in your life, I don’t care if you spit on me, crown me with thorns, break me or nail me to a tree, because there is nothing you can do to make me stop loving you!  Nothing! I am your God and I love you! There is nothing you can do to change that!”

 

Happy 100th Birthday, Sister Marie Schramko, OSF

SisterMArie-webSister Marie Schramko is our third centenarian, who in a span of ten months, celebrated a birthday at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home.  To read more about Sister Marie’s birthday, please click on Sister Marie Schramko.

May God continue to bless you, Sister Marie!

Living the Gospel by Sister Mary Franz, OSF

Sr Mary Franz“To me, living the Gospel is taking the words of the day’s Gospel and putting into practice throughout the day.  The words are there for us to follow.”

 

Sister Mariarthur Hamann Celebrated Her 100th Birthday!

On November 30, 2016, Sister Mariarthur celebrated her 100th birthday.  She is the second of three Joliet Franciscan Sisters who have (or will) celebrate their 100th birthday in a span of 10 months!  To read more about Sister Mariarthur’s special day, please click on Sister Mariarthur.

Remembering Sister Nicholas Tosseng, OSF

Sr-Nicholas-web-1It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sister Nicholas Tosseng, OSF, who died on January 24, 2017, at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) in Joliet, IL.  We extend our prayers and sympathy to her classmates, family and friends.

Sister Nicholas’ wake and funeral Mass took place at Our Lady of Angels on Monday, January 30, 2017.  She was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois, on January 31, 2017.

Sister Nicholas’ prayer service can be viewed on our Livestream channel by clicking the Congregational Shield on our home page.

You can read more about Sister Nicholas Tosseng’s life by clicking on: Sr. Nicholas Tosseng, OSF

May she rest in peace.

January is Human Trafficking Month

January is Human Trafficking Month.  Following is a Prayer to End Human Trafficking.

God of hope and peace, touch our hearts and energize our efforts in abolishing this crime against humanity so that every victim is freed and every survivor’s life rekindled. You blessed St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan with mercy and resilience. May her prayers comfort and strengthen the women, men and children who are in search of freedom.

We ask for transformation of heart for those who inflect pain, anguish and grief on our sisters and brothers. Give them compassion, generosity and courage to stand in solidarity with others so that together we heal the hearts and lives of all your people. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, Forever and ever. Amen (Prayer by: the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.)

Learn more about Human Trafficking by clicking here: humantrafficking

 

Sister Jeanne Bessette Honored

bessette-webSister Jeanne Bessette, OSF, Ed.D., president of De Paul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati, has been recognized as a member of “The Women of Influence Award Class of 2016.”

The Women of Influence Award honors leading women in the Greater Cincinnati region who have helped shape the success of their organizations. These women have demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication to their organizations  and have committed themselves to cultivating a thriving and progressive community.

The nomination for Sister Jeanne noted, “Since leading the opening of DePaul Cristo Rey High School in 2011, Sister Jeanne has never allowed it to stray from its mission to serve those economically-challenged families who want a strong college-prep academic program for their students but can’t afford other private schools.  The young people DPCR serves are from challenging circumstances and would not have their now-promising futures without this school. The quest to prepare Greater Cincinnati’s next generation of scholars, professionals and leaders continues under Sister Jeanne’s direction.”

Note: We thank Margee Garbsch, Director of Communications and Marketing at DePaul Cristo Rey High School, for her assistance.

Remembering Sister Therese Greaney, OSF

sr-thereseIt is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sister Therese Greaney, OSF, who died on the morning of November 4, 2016, at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home (OLA) in Joliet, IL.  We extend our prayers and sympathy to her classmates, family and friends.

Sister Therese’s wake and funeral took place at Our Lady of Angels on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.  She was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois, on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Sister Therese’s prayer service and funeral mass can be viewed on our Livestream channel by clicking the Congregational Shield on our home page.

You can read more about Sister Therese Greaney’s life by clicking on: Sr. Therese Greaney-Alleluia

May she rest in peace.