…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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
…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 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