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"

Brothers of St. John

Brothers of St. John - Princeville, IL
"The Community of Saint John wants to be a community of children of the Father and of friends of Jesus, gathered together by the Holy Spirit, in order to live a fully evangelical life in the footsteps of Christ in intimate communion with Him : a life of adoration and contemplation intimately close to Mary." (Rule of Life) The Brothers' apostolic activities are quite varied in order to respond to the needs of the local Churches who call them. Here are a few examples of the Brothers’ apostolates: teaching and preaching, shrines, retreat centers and guest houses, chaplaincies of schools, universities,hospitals and prisons; parishes; youth activities.

Other Resources: "Community of St. John Seeks to be an ‘Oasis of Light and Love’"


Rosminians - West Peoria, IL
Formally known as the Institute of Charity. Founded by Blessed Antonio Rosmini in 1828.

Other Resources:  "Consecrated Life Series Spotlights Institute of Charity (Rosminians)"

Apostles of Jesus

Apostles of Jesus - Nairobi, Kenya
We commit ourselves completely to the services of the spiritual, pastoral and social welfare of all people in the spirit of Christ who came not to be served but to serve (Mt. 20:28). Our mission is the very mission of Jesus, given to His Apostles, to continue Christ's holistic ministry, so that all may have life and have it to the fullest (Jn. 10:10) -- a mission of building together a new civilization of love, justice, peace and life.


Salesians - New Rochelle, NY
When St. John Bosco founded the Salesians in 1859, his mission was clear and simple: to be a friend - a friend to kids who were poor, kids abandoned, kids at risk - and, in so doing, to be a friend to Christ. We can be found worldwide in many different initiatives on behalf of young people: schools, oratories, youth centers, technical and professional training centers, parishes, foreign missions, and activities in the realm of mass media and social communications.

Other Resources: "Salesian “Family” Makes Youth Education, Evangelization a Priority"

Society of African Missions

Society of African Missions - Tenafly, NJ
We, at SMA, are a community of Catholic missionaries who come from around the world with a commitment to serve the people of Africa. For more than 155 years, SMA missionaries have been present in Africa. We strive to be a living witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ among our brothers and sisters in that continent and among people of African heritage wherever they live. In keeping with our founder’s goal of preserving the culture of African peoples, the US Province of SMA maintains the African Art Museum in Tenafly, NJ – one of five maintained by the society.


Spiritans - Bethel Park, PA
We are a Roman Catholic religious congregation founded in France in 1703. We are consecrated to the Holy Spirit and take Mary as our model. We try to live our daily in practical union with God. In the United States, we dedicate ourselves to working with the poor and marginalized in places where the church has difficulty finding ministers. These works include education, parish ministry and retreat ministry in communities from Rhode Island to California. Our fathers and brothers also serve in missions around the world.

Congregation of Holy Cross

Congregation of Holy Cross - Notre Dame, IN
When Blessed Basil Moreau formed the Congregation of Holy Cross, he exhorted his religious to conform themselves to Christ by trusting in Divine Providence. He called us to find hope in the Cross of self-emptying love, to stand by others as the Mother of Sorrows stood by her Son Jesus Christ and to work together zealously as educators in faith. Blessed Moreau dedicated each branch of Holy Cross to a patron: Priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; Brothers to the pure heart of Saint Joseph; and Sisters to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, was established as the special patroness for all of the Congregation Holy Cross.

Other Resources:  "Two Commitments: Holy Cross Priest, and Bishop of Peoria"

Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception

Vocation Director - Sister Sarah Elizabeth Roy, O.S.F.
We are an evangelical religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, are called to make God's compassionate presence known. This mission is expressed in our: shared life in community, dedication to service and ministry, Franciscan vowed life, and community heritage. In prayer and simplicity, we dedicate ourselves to ministries of service, primarily in the Dioceses of Peoria and Springfield, Illinois.

Other Resources:  "Consecrated Life series profiles the Heading Avenue Franciscans"

Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis

Vocation Director - Sister Rose Therese Mann, O.S.F.
We strive to follow the Gospel, as did our holy father St. Francis. With Christ at the center of our lives, we foster a deep prayer life which is the foundation from which our apostolic works flow.
Our apostolates are healthcare and education. Our primary commitment is to serve the sick and the poor. We run medical centers, physician practices, colleges of nursing, hospice and home care services in Illinois and Michigan.

Other Resources: "Consecrated Life Series: The East Peoria Franciscans"

Sisters of Mary of the Presentation

Vocation Director - Sisten Anne Germaine Picard, SMP
We began in Broons, France in 1828. From this beginning the community fled to United States, Canada, and Belgium because of Religious persecution. In all these lands, the Sisters found God calling them to serve the poor and sick. "Called to be the Presence of Jesus" and being inspired by Mary's faith and availability, we accept this challenge as we reach out and touch other's lives. In 1957 we began missions in Cameroon, Africa.

Other Resources:  "Consecrated Life Series: The Sisters of Mary of the Presentation"

Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi

Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi - Lacon, IL
Provincial Superior - Sister M. Loretta Matas, D.S.F.
As Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, our principal aim is the glory of God and personal holiness. To reach this end, we have dedicated ourselves to a life of prayer, and we witness to the primacy of God through the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. We have been called to bring good tidings of God's goodness and mercy to all people. In the spirit of our founder, St. Francis we are committed to serve our poor, sick and abandoned brothers and sisters in a nursing apostolate.

Apostolic Sisters of St. John

Apostolic Sisters of St. John - Princeville, IL
Community Representative - Sister Marie, CSJ
The Apostolic Sisters desire to live by the spirit of the "beloved disciple", Saint John, the apostle and evangelist. They seek to witness to Christ's two-fold commandment of love, which he highlights in his writings: the contemplative demand of the love of God and its incarnation in fraternal charity. For this reason, they strive to unite contemplative prayer and evangelization while living in fraternal communities.

Other Resources: "Community of St. John Seeks to be an ‘Oasis of Light and Love’"

Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George

Community Representative - Sr. M. Karolyn, FSGM
Animated by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we are a Roman Catholic community of women religious founded by Mother M. Anslma Bopp in Thuine, Germany. Consecrating ourselves to God through the profession of the vows of Consecrated Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience, it is our special mission to be simply ready in obedience to God's call as it is discerned through the signs of the times.

Other Resources: "Alton Franciscans Seek to Make ‘Merciful Love of Christ’ Visible"

Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union

We are members of a worldwide community whose lives and mission are rooted in the Gospel of Jesus and the spirit of our foundress, St. Angela Merici. Grounded and empowered by our relationships with God and one another, in prayer and community, we seek always to be a compassionate, reconciling presence of God in our world. We respond to the most urgent needs of our times in a variety of ministries, such as educational and pastoral ministry, as well as in other works that allow us to be in solidarity with the poor.

Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco

We, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, also known as the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, commit ourselves to the new evangelization of youth. Impelled by our charism, we evangelize by educating. We open up new ways for the education of the young, deepening within them an attitude of respect for the dignity of the human person and an openness to life in all its forms. We commit ourselves to a community lifestyle which is poor, simple, welcoming, and able to create a new educative presence among poor youth.

Other Resources: "Salesian “Family” Makes Youth Education, Evangelization a Priority"

Servants of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor

Servants of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor - Morelia, Mexico
Our religious family's mission is to live and make present the love of God. Our mission to evangelize through different actions: Christian education, the healthcare field, catechesis, seminaries and domestic work. All this we do as a service to the Church of which we are a part. It is precisely in the Church where our institute receives its charism, charity made service to the poor.

Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist

Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist - Peoria Heights, IL
We are a new community, established October 2nd 2006 in the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. According to the example of John the Baptist, we dedicate ourselves to grow in a life of limitless humility and self-renunciation. In this way we want to decrease so Christ can increase. We dedicate ourselves to the service of Christ in His brothers and sisters according to the needs of the Church and society under the guidance of the local Bishop. We are open to nursing, teaching, catechesis, and more.

Other Resources:  "Consecrated Life Series: Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist"

Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Mary's Monastery

Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Mary's Monastery - Rock Island, IL
Vocation Director - Sister Stefanie MacDonald, O.S.B.
As Catholic Benedictine Sisters, we live together to seek and serve God, and all God’s creation. We practice hospitality, and welcome everyone as Jesus Christ. We value simplicity. We live by the Gospel, the Rule of Benedict and our tradition. We share all things in common: everyday life, material goods, joys and sorrows, hopes and prayers. We follow a distinctive rhythm of prayer and work.

Other Resources:  "Benedictine Sisters Known for their Open-Hearted Hospitality"

Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary - Miami, FL
We are called to manifest the reign of love of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary as the building force for the construction of a new civilization; to be a living image and presence of the Heart of Mary in the heart of the Church and place our Marian charism at the service of the Petrine principle. Fundamental Dimensions of Our Charism: Eucharistic, Marian, charismatic, and in the heart of the church.

Other Resources: "‘Pierced Hearts’ Place Lives at Service of Jesus, Mary, Magisterium"

Missionaries of Charity

Missionaries of Charity - Kolkata, India
"A Missionary of Charity is a carrier of God's love especially to the poorest of the poor, setting all on fire with love for Him and one another, a healing touch of God that cures all diseases; a soothing smile of God that warms all hearts; God's own language of love that all hearts understand." Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Dominican Sisters of Springfield

Dominican Sisters of Springfield - Springfield, IL
We are joyful, Catholic women who profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience within the Order of Preachers. In the spirit of St. Dominic and Catherine of Siena, we live in community with one another and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to deepen our relationship with God and embrace the mission of Jesus in our time and place, which is why we devote our lives to contemplating, celebrating and proclaiming God’s Word.

Franciscan Apostolic Sisters

Franciscan Apostolic Sisters - Manilla, Philippines
We are an institute of women who witness to Christ's love in the spirit of Mary's humility, simplicity, endurance, service and charity. We live in community; sharing one vision, sharing our joys as well as our sorrows, our ideals, our faith and vocation..the little Marys of the twentieth (and now the twenty-first!!) century. We serve in schools, in the parishes, in medical missions, in seminaries, in remote villages, and within the convent walls leading a simple way of life.

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart - Frankfort, IL
Like Francis and Clare, we seek to follow in the footprints of Jesus, encouraging one another to wholeness and radical Gospel living. We gather in fraternitas with Jesus as our brother, opening our hearts in peace and reconciliation. We minister to all, doing so with a special awareness of those rejected by society. We seek to love the poor as Jesus did and to work towards enhancing human dignity and furthering social justice.

Contemplative Sisters of St. John

Contemplative Sisters of St. John - Princeville, IL
Particularly "hidden in God" by Mary and in her, we are, in the heart of the family of Saint John, guardians of its contemplative fervor. Living the Father's attraction in an ultimate way requires of us a silent, but joyful fraternal charity that bears witness to the victory of love given by Jesus to all men. Following the Lamb wherever He goes, we desire to remain united to Mary's compassionate heart and, like her, carry the sufferings and poverties of the world of today.

School Sisters of Notre Dame

School Sisters of Notre Dame - Berwyn, IL
Our Mission is to proclaim the good news as School Sisters of Notre Dame, directing our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. As He was sent to show the Father’s love to the world, we are sent to make Christ visible by our very being, by sharing our love, faith, and hope.

Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary

Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary - Kankakee, IL
We live out our founding charism with a spirituality inspired by the Primacy of the Love of God and the mystery of the Incarnation. A Servant of the Holy Heart of Mary, has the Eucharist as her model; and Mary's fiat in her hospitality, simplicity of life, and zeal in service. A Servant of the Holy Heart of Mary endeavors to be visionary in her response to the Church and to the needs of people.

Poor Clare Colettine Nuns

Poor Clare Colettine Nuns - Minooka, IL
Our vocation as Poor Clare nuns is an answer to this gracious invitation and lofty challenge of our Holy Mother Saint Clare. It is our greatest joy and awesome privilege to "draw near to Our Lord Jesus Christ." We do this primarily in the daily Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, in the Hours of the Divine Office prayed by day and by night, by our hours of Eucharistic Adoration and times of private prayer and meditation. This was our Holy Mother’s unique formation method as she told all her followers to always gaze upon the Lord and to be with Him always and in every place.

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Dubuque, IA
We follow in the footsteps of our Irish foundress, Mary Frances Clarke, who answered God's call to serve immigrants in the United States more than 175 years ago. We continue to respond to God's love by serving wherever needed. We find strength in our faith in God, in one another, and with the people we serve. We are the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Freed by Love, Acting for Justice.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet - St. Louis, MO
We are called to the same profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction that characterized the women who founded our congregation over 350 years ago. Rooted in prayer, in community living and in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves to the mission of unity and reconciliation, nonviolence and peacemaking through concrete efforts toward our goal of communion with the sacred, with the Earth, with one another, with the Church and with all whom we meet. We desire always to move toward a greater inclusivity and unifying love that reverences diverse cultures and faiths, reflects the interconnectedness of all creation and gives direction to our ministry.

Sinsinawa Domincans

Sinsinawa Domincans - Sinsinawa, MI
As Sinsinawa Dominican women, we are called to proclaim the Gospel through the ministry of preaching and teaching in order to participate in the building of a holy and just Church and society. In a world graced by the Holy Spirit and yet wounded by divisions, exploitation, and oppression, we are impelled by God's tender mercy to commit ourselves in partnership with others to seek and foster right relationships among all of God's people and with Earth that sustains us.

Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg - Oldenburg, IN
We are women of prayer, committed to the Gospel values as lived by St. Francis and Mother Theresa Hackelmeier. From our life in community we are sent to extend the mission of Jesus through our presence and service. Enlivened by a spirit of justice, reconciliation and peace, we collaborate with others in responding to the needs of the world. We fulfill these words by being women of prayer in the ministries we do and the places where we are present. Since Vatican II opened the doors to the many needs of the world, we minister in education, parish ministry, social service, healthcare and social justice.


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