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Year of Consecrated Life

"All the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity. . . .In order that the faithful may reach this perfection, they must use their strength accordingly s they have received it, as a gift from Christ. . . .They must devote themselves with all their being to the glory of God and the service of their neighbor.  
In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good. . . ."

~Sr. Mary Lou Wirtz~

Pope Francis has named 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life.

The Year of Consecrated Life begins on November 29, 2014,and ending on February 2, 2016. 

The Year of Consecrated life will focus on:

  • renewal for men and women in consecrated life,

  • thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests, and nuns

  • invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation

    Please follow along each week for a new
    inspirational quote and further reading resources here.



Congratulations to Sr. Georgene L. Wilson, OSF as the Wheaton Franciscan Honoree at the 2014 Annual Franciscan Federation Conference in St. Louis, Missouri

Sr. Georgene L. Wilson was selected as the Wheaton Franciscan as someone who is open to change and has exhibited the following criteria:

  • Creates a sense of hospitality/inclusivity.
  • Works toward widening our circles of compassion to include those persons who are often overlooked or excluded.
  • Lives out of a deliberate contemplative awareness that embraces all creation.

The following has been put on the Federation website:

Sr. Georgene Wilson has been a Franciscan woman religious for 57 years. Teaching and spiritual companioning have flowed throughout her life as ministry. The poor and marginalized have held special places in her heart. Georgene’s participation in the Parliament of the World Religious Conference is one of the ways her sense of inclusivity has been manifested. Her home and heart are always open to guests for spiritual enrichment and hospitality. Wisdom Webbings Anchorhold Ministries is the means through which Georgene is a Franciscan presence through contemplative living, her poetry and painting, and her love of beauty.



Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins




June 28th is the birthdate of Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet, Jesuit priest and author of "The Wreck of the Deutschland."  For a short audio retreat utilizing some of Hopkins works, along with more information, please visit this link.


Sr. Mary Lou Wirtz
New Directions and New Relationships for Religious Life

Sr. Mary Lou Wirtz's Christian Culture lecture entitled "New Directions and New Relationships for Religious Life" premiered on the SALT and LIGHT television network Sunday evening, March 2, 2014.

Salt and Light television link here.

Direct link to lecture here.