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2014 Franciscan Federation Honoree

We are pleased to announce that Sr. Theresa Renninger was chosen as the 2014 Franciscan Federation honoree ,as she exemplifies the criteria of the conference theme, “Cultivating Kindom Power” as someone who: 

  • * 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


  • Her Sisters had this to say about Sr. Theresa:

Young and old and all creation benefit from the life of Sister Theresa Renninger. Each morning she volunteers at St. Mary’s School, Avilla, Indiana, and extends her warmth to the staff and students. With a heart for those who struggle, she tutors students who find learning difficult, hoping to broaden their potential to learn more.

Too often the elderly are overlooked or marginalized, but not at Presence Sacred Heart Nursing Home where Sister Theresa Renninger is found every afternoon. There she welcomes all with a warm smile and a hearty “How are you doin?” Daily she sees it as her “sacred duty” to make the rounds and check up on everyone. Although pushing past 80 years herself, she wheels residents to and from events with ease. Nothing is too difficult for her. The Activity Director counts on her as she serves coffee, calls numbers for Bingo, and assures that each resident is feeling happy, content and loved.

Her contemplative stance is reflected in her great love for God’s creation. Recycling is a passion of hers and she demonstrates her reverence for the earth by making sure nothing goes into a landfill that could be recycled. At our congregation’s vacation cottage she welcomes the yearly challenge to enhance the beauty of God’s creation by preparing and maintaining beautiful gardens and lawns.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart are proud to affirm and applaud our Sister Theresa who truly cultivates “Kindom power”!




Coming Events

September 26
Friday 9:00 AM
Sale is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Motherhouse Grounds
September 27
Saturday 9:00 AM
Motherhouse Grounds
September 28
Sunday 5:00 PM
We recommend that you reserve your seat early as seating is limited. Call Gerry Guzaitis at 815.464.3882.
Odyssey Country Club, Tinley Park, IL
October 02
Thursday 7:00 PM
Each year we gather to remember the death of St. Francis and to celebrate his transitus—his passing from earthly life into the eternal embrace of God. This year the service will be on October 2, as indicated, rather than October 3.

Inspired and energized by his spirit and legacy\, we also celebrate the treasure that Francis is for all of us. Please join us for this deeply moving and reflective service consisting of prayers\, readings and songs lead by our Tau Singers. May it intensify our commitment to follow Christ in the way of the poor man of Assisi.
Queen of Angels Chapel
October 04
Saturday 8:15 AM
Join us for our festive liturgy in honor of St. Francis.
Queen of Angels Chapel
October 05
Sunday 2:00 PM
Join us for the dedication of our Cosmic Walk recently added to our campus. Also, meet the artist of the watercolor drawings. See http://www.portforprayer.org/
Portiuncula Center for Prayer