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Heart Thoughts…

…On the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis to All Consecrated People on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life By Sr. Barbara Jean Wojnicki “The question we have to ask ourselves during this year is if and how we too are open to being challenged by the Gospel… whether the Gospel is truly the ‘manual’ for our daily living and the decisions we are called to make.” This is a very loaded question!… Continue Reading

March 31: Weekly Vocation Reflection

Dear Friends, I am sure for most of you Holy Week is a busy time and so I decided to finish off the Lenten season with the following reflection which I hope will lead you to a Joyous Easter. We have spent our time reflecting on Pope Francis’ “Be Attitudes” and I am sure by now you are ready to recite them.… Continue Reading

We are all called to live a consecrated life

That was the message Sr. Theresita Donach shared with parishioners and sisters at St. Emily’s Lenten ‘Soup & Spirituality’ program earlier this week. “My message was pretty simple,” Sr. Theresita said.  “We are all called to consecrated life by virtue of our baptism. … Continue Reading

CEO of Presence Health, to retire at year-end

Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Presence Health, will retire at the end of the year, the healthcare system announced today. Ms. Bruce, 69, was the president and CEO of Resurrection Healthcare when it merged with Provena Health in November 2011 to form the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois.… Continue Reading

March 25: Weekly Vocation Reflection

Dear Friends, As I write to you on this feast of the Annunciation I pray that your response to God will always be a ‘Yes’ like Mary’s. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.” It is hard to believe that this Sunday is Palm Sunday, and next Wednesday we will be in the middle of the Holy Week and on the eve of the Triduum.… Continue Reading

Sr. Josephine’s student loan story

Modern vocation challenge Sr. Josephine Garrett, a 2nd-year novice with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN), is featured in an NBC-Philadelphia story on the challenge that significant student debt poses to young adult women and men considering a vocation to religious life.… Continue Reading

March 18: Weekly Vocation Reflection

Dear Friends, We are coming to the home stretch. It is already the 4th week of Lent. We are on the last ‘BE Attitudes’ shared by our Pope Francis’: “Be Joyful, Be Missionary, Be Merciful, Be Bridge Builders, Be Bold & Creative, Be Witnesses, Be Patient & Persevere,”  this week let us reflect on “Be Patient & Persevere.” Am I willing to wait for things to happen in God’s time?… Continue Reading

Profile: Sr. Adrianne Szczesna

Sr. Adrianne retires with purpose By Sister Marita Ruppe It was 54 years ago that Sr. Adrianne Szczesna walked into a first grade classroom at St. Mary’s School, Worcester, MA, to begin what would be her life-long ministry — teaching God’s children.… Continue Reading

How she spent her spring vacation…

…Working for CSFN vocation office! Verena Bonitz, an assistant professor of psychology at Lake Forest College, spent much of her spring break with our sisters in Des Plaines. She first encountered the CSFNs and Sr. Theresita Donach last year at a “Chicago’s Got Sisters’ weekend for women considering a religious vocation.… Continue Reading

Sr. Martina: March 21, 1930 – March 15, 2005

Sr. Martina of Jesus (Josephine Lacny), 84, died March 15, 2015 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, Il,  in the 68th year of her religious life. The wake for Sr. Martina will be held at 5:00 PM on March. 18 at the Provincialate Chapel, 310 N.… Continue Reading