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This community (I first wrote about them in 2009) is stepping up - and I'm counting them.  I don't know that they've made any vast changes - but they are being very, very clear about who they are. 

Founded 1877, from a German order expelled by Bismarck; Active
Location:  Illinois

                                 "My God and My All"
Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis - new habit
This post contains a major correction:  they have been in their new habits since January of 2012.  Right, you can clearly see the Franciscan Crown rosary, the longer veil etc... - they did well.

By the way, they are looking for feedback from aspirants about the best time for discernment retreats.  Please contact them is you are interested.  One of the skills they are looking for is the ability to be a joyful Franciscan.  If that's not a delightful requirement, I don't know what is.


Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis - new habit
"By our life of penance.
In emptying ourselves for others
In humble sharing of the gifts
We have received from our Father
We bring the Peace of Christ among men."
From their Constitutions

"The Church calls religious to holiness and to continually renew and deepen their lives of consecration. We are actively engaged in this ongoing journey of renewal and find joy and hope in the journey." In this spirit, they have renewed their activity in the area of general Catholic education.  More Sisters in the classroom!

Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis
The primary commitment of this community is to care for the sick and the poor, and they do this in the area of healthcare.  Their involvement is broad and deep:  medical centers, colleges of nursing, medical offices, home care, hospice services ... and more.

Their healthcare is not just any healthcare - it is Catholic. "Primary to our healthcare apostolate are the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERD’s) of the Catholic Church. These ERD’s are core to all the business we transact. If we are not able to assure ourselves that there will be complete adherence to the ERD’s on a particular issue, we will walk away from the transaction."

Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis - praying
"The special and most outstanding spirit of our Community is the loving simplicity  which our Holy Father Saint Francis practiced to a very high degree. We express Franciscan simplicity in true Christlike love and charity and sincere, joyful, and hearty relationships with our Sisters."

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Schedule:
6:00  Morning Prayer   
6:30  Holy Mass
7:00  Breakfast
7:30  Work/Classes
12:00  Dinner
12:30  Work/Classes
4:45  Rosary and Evening Prayer
5:30  Supper
6:00  Night Prayer
6:30  Dishes, recreation, retire

Rabbit on property of Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis
Left:  My requisite animal picture. Had so many choices - deer, a dog, and possibly turkeys.  Or something that resembles turkeys. 

"We  do our mental prayer, spiritual reading,  Stations of the Cross and  particular examen at times of our  choosing."  Keep in mind these Sisters are working a full-time  (and I'm sure sometimes more than full time) job, besides and with their community life.


Summary
Spirituality:  Franciscan

Devotions:  Morning, evening, night prayer in community; 30 minutes mental prayer a day; daily Rosary - communal if duties permit; Scripture and sacred reading - daily;  daily general examination of conscience and particular examen; Stations of the Cross at least twice a week; Angelus three times daily; Regina Cael in Easter;Friday fasting; pray the Franciscan Crown on Saturdays; prayers in honor of our Lord's Passion on Fridays; morning offering in community; prays while dressing (which was and still is common when donning a habit).  And if it is not common, it should be (hey, just my opinion).  This community follows many other ancient traditions - I cannot list them all.  Some are seasonal, some not.  Look at their website.

"We  do our mental prayer, spiritual reading,  Stations of the Cross and  particular examen at times of our  choosing."  Keep in mind these Sisters are working a full-time  (and I'm sure sometimes more than full time) job, besides and with their community life.

They seem to have a healthy prayer life.

Apostolates:  Healthcare of nearly every sort, Nursing education, home and hospice care, care for the elderly, medical offices, Catholic general education

Age upon Entrance: 18-40
Belated vocations? Yes, but generally not over 50

# professed sisters:  26


Contact
Sister Rose Therese, O.S.F.
The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis
740 NE Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603

Phone: 309-655-2645
Email:  FranciscanSisters

Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis - lighting candle
  • Reflections on St. Francis
  • Everyone on Pinterest who loves old pictures of religious orders will go wild with this - they've put many of their historic photos on their history page - far out.  I hope they are in a form that's pinnable.  Looks like it, but I haven't tried it yet.

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    Ages upon Entrance

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