Tuesday, April 5, 2016

PEARL's Celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life


The Year of Consecrated Life with a special Mass at the Cathedral.
The biggest part of our celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Diocese of Peoria was the
Wake Up the World Conference, which was held September 18-19, 2015.

The Peoria Association for Religious Life (PEARL) had the idea to bring together those in the consecrated life, along with the priests and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Peoria to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life.  So, we decided to hold a conference.
Pope Francis, in his apostolic letter for the Year of Consecrated Life, had said that it was a duty of those in the consecrated life to wake up the world, which is where the name for the conference came from.
Those main aims of the year were for consecrated individuals to:
  • Look to the past with gratitude
  • Live the present with passion
  • Embrace the future with hope
He also called all the members of the Church to celebrate with us.  With that in mind, we organized the event to include Liturgical celebrations, talks from local and outside speakers, vocation booths, and fun activities for all.
Celebrating Women Religious, Sunday, May 24, 2015 sponsored by the Faith in Action Committee of St. Pius X Parish.

Open Houses for the Year of Consecrated Life
Catholic Post Series featuring religious communities and other forms of consecrated life around the Diocese of Peoria in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life
Other Articles:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist - Ann Arbor, MI
Our foundation draws from the dynamism of the “new”, the vitality of the New Evangelization, and the rich heritage of the “old”, the cherished tradition of the Order of Preachers.
We are consecrated women first, and so our foremost model is Mary, the Mother of God. Inspired by the spirit and energy of St. Dominic, our prayer comes first so that our apostolic work overflows from a contemplation nourished before the Eucharist.
Our apostolate follows upon the “old” of preaching and teaching the Truth in order to gain souls for the Kingdom of Christ. We accept the demands of our culture and society today, giving “new” voice and flesh to the Gospel, which we carry to all those we meet.

Other Resources:  "Meet the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist"

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Recent happenings

PEARL February Meeting Attendees
Members at PEARL meeting in February 2014
It has been a while since we last posted here, but we haven't been sleeping.  Here are some things that have happened since the last post.
  • We have visit at least nine of the Catholic grade schools in the diocese.  (Had more scheduled but many were cancelled due to snow.)
  • Plans are in the works for visiting the other schools.
  • We have had discussions and started plans for the upcoming Year for Consecrated Life which will begin this fall.
  • Jennifer Willems from the Catholic Post interviewed Sister Sarah, Father Paul and myself (Sister Rose Therese) for an article on PEARL in the upcoming Vocation Issue.
  • There is now a link from the website of the Diocese of Peoria to the PEARL website.  It is under Ministries - Religious.  (Thank you, Julie.)
  • We have embedded a Calendar in this site for vocation related events around the diocese.  Please feel free to send me related events to post there.
  • We are working on having a vocation video or two made.
  • The Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, at St. Jude and Peoria Notre Dame, said they would like to participate in PEARL.  Welcome!
Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this new endeavor.  We hope that PEARL will help vocations to flourish in the diocese and beyond.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Help us to Promote Vocations in the Diocese of Peoria

It has been a long time since we have had a religious vocation association in the diocese.  We have finally gotten ourselves together again to combine and coordinate our efforts.  It is our desire to be more present in schools, CCD classes, Newman centers, youth and young adult groups, TEC, parishes, diocesan events...  So please don't be surprised if you get a call from me.  Yes, we are working with the Bishop's approval.  If you would like to schedule a visit, or would like us to attend or speak at an event you are having, please contact Sister Sarah, or me. 


If you have any suggestions or would like to help in some way, we would love to hear from you.
Please join us in praying for an increase in vocations to the religious life.
God bless you.

Sister Rose Therese, O.S.F.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Benedictine Monks of St. Bede's Abbey

Vocation Director - Father Ronald Margherio, OSB
Our primary purpose is simply to seek God by listening carefully to his word throughout our lives and responding to it with obedience and generosity. We seek to achieve the goal of holiness by withdrawal into relative solitude and the practice of celibacy to follow a simple and austere way of life that is marked by obedience, silence, humility, simplicity, prayerfulness, work, patience, perseverance in the same community, and fraternal charity.

Other Resources: "Benedictine Monks Continue to Heed Call to Pray and Work"

Conventual Franciscans - St. Bonaventure Province

Community Representative - Fr. Paul Langevin, OFM.Conv.
Our Chicago-based Province was established in 1939. St. Francis’ simplicity, love for the Eu­charist, and devotion to the Virgin Mary remain at the heart of our Province. This solid Catholic foundation unifies the fri­ars as they live their 800 year tradition of Gospel fraternity and deep love for the Church. Our Franciscan identity is fur­ther shaped by the life and mission of St. Maximilian Kolbe, our confrere. We strive to further his mission of evangelization by promoting Marian Consecration and expanding Catholic media to build up the "Culture of Life."

Other resources:
"Conventual Franciscans Live Gospel Life in Prayer and Fraternity"

Franciscan Friars - St. John the Baptist Province


The Order of Friars Minor is a brotherhood inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. We serve the Catholic Church as brothers and priests, devoted to the search for God in a communal life of poverty, prayer, and service. We serve as parish and campus ministers; hospital, military and prison chaplains; counselors; educators and administrators in high schools, colleges and our formation program; preachers and retreat directors; directors of anti-poverty programs; skilled craftsmen and in support services; writers and communicators; and missionaries—all to spread the Good News.

Other Resources:  "Consecrated Life Series: Friars of St. John the Baptist Province"