Happy Earth Day
April 22, 2014 1:09 PM
Our Employee Activity Committee organized an Earth Day ceremony this morning that recognized the importance of water. In addition, a Golden Rain tree was planted on the property near the outdoor Stations of the Cross. This tree also goes by the name Pride of India, China tree, and Varnish tree and it is native to Eastern Asia (mostly China and Korea). At its maturity, it will grow 30 feet tall and will annually produce golden blossoms in June and July. In September, it produces a rose colored fruit that opens to reveal seeds.
April 18, 2014 6:26 AM
In today's State Journal-Register, an article about the Relic of the True Cross here in St. Francis of Assisi Church is featured. Please click here to read the article.
Happy 100th birthday
April 17, 2014 7:03 AM
Today marks the 100th birthday of our Sister Dolorine Czok. She was born in Kempa, Silesia, Germany on April 17, 1914 and entered the Hospital Sisters’ Congregation on May 31, 1933. At age 19, she left Germany on the Europa and set sail on October 5, 1933—arriving in America ("A mission country," explained Sister Dolorine) seven days later. She professed her religious vows on May 3, 1936 and her professional life was spent as a nurse in surgery, ER, and Pastoral Care.
April 16, 2014 10:30 AM
The Triduum is the period of three days that begins with the evening Mass on Holy Thursday, continues with the liturgy on Good Friday, and concludes with the Mass on Holy Saturday. As you observe these holy days, we invite you to ponder this text through music.
Adoramus te, Christe (from ‘The Rose of Midnight’)
We adore Thee,
April 15, 2014 7:17 AM
April 14, 2014 9:50 AM
Sisters Maryann Berard and Anjali Koodamparambil will return to Springfield from Jeremie, Haiti today. With their departure, the Hospital Sisters’ service with the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) since September 28,1989 will be concluded.
Sister Anjali, a member of the Indian Province, is completing three years of service at the City of Hope, Jeremie, with children and mothers. She will now provide patient care in Loretto Home here at St. Francis Convent.
Spring is showing its colors
April 10, 2014 1:03 PM
After a long winter, we're excited to see signs of spring throughout our property.
April 10, 2014 12:59 PM
On April 9, the 2014 graduating class of St. John's College of Nursing attended a half-day program at Chiara Center. We are very proud of these 41 new nurses and offer our prayerful support in their career.
In memoriam: Sister Hermogene Ruesken
April 5, 2014 5:20 PM
Our Sister Hermogene Ruesken, O.S.F., 99, died at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, here at St. Francis Convent.
Sister Hermogene, the former Hilda Rose Ruesken, was born in Effingham, Ill., on Aug. 22, 1914, the daughter of Herman Joseph and Philomena (Braun) Ruesken. She entered our Congregation on Feb. 2, 1933, and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1935.
Sister Hermogene served our community as a hostess/housekeeper/supervisor at St. Francis Convent, Franciscan Apostolic Center, and other places.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis Ruesken and James Ruesken, and one sister, Madonna Ruesken.
She is survived by two brothers, Arthur (Joan) Ruesken and Charles Ruesken; two sisters, Leona Dupree and Marie Jones; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 80 years.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, here at St. Francis Convent with a Wake Service at 6 p.m.
Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in our St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel with Father Andre Schludecker, OFM, presiding. Burial will be in our Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
To read her feature story, please click on this link.
Posted: April 22, 2014 1:09 PM Happy Earth Day
Posted: April 18, 2014 6:26 AM Good Friday
Posted: April 17, 2014 7:03 AM Happy 100th birthday
Posted: April 16, 2014 10:30 AM Paschal Triduum
Posted: April 15, 2014 7:17 AM Meditation: Easter
Posted: April 14, 2014 9:50 AM Welcome home
Posted: April 10, 2014 1:03 PM Spring is showing its colors
Posted: April 10, 2014 12:59 PM Future nurses
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