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IBVM Mass of Remembrance

Posted on October 19, 2018 in: General News

IBVM Mass of Remembrance
Mass of Remembrance Sunday November 11, 2018 2:00 PM Wheaton Franciscan Chapel 26W171 Roosevelt Road Wheaton, IL 60187 The Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary invite you to join us for this special Eucharistic Liturgy in which we celebrate the memory of our beloved deceased who have been enrolled in the IBVM Office of Development Memorial Program throughout the year.   Refreshments will be served afterwards in the lobby. Please RSVP by emailing  development@ibvm.us  or calling us 630-682-9097 or 630-653-4740 ...

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Welcome to the New Site

Posted on March 08, 2018 in: General News

Welcome to the New Site
We have a lot of exciting things to share, so please browse through the many pages of our new website.  We welcome your feedback.    

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SAVE THE DATE!

Posted on April 18, 2019 in: General News

SAVE THE DATE!
Sisters, Companions & Friends Let's Celebrate Summer! A BBQ Lunch June 1, 2019 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm More details coming soon!      

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Diane's Health Hints

Posted on April 11, 2019 in: General News

Diane's Health Hints
Diane's Health Hints , April edition is here!   Click below, related file, to download the current issue. Missed an issue?  No need to worry, all issues are archived on the Publications page of our website.

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Mar./Apr. House of Prayer

Posted on March 03, 2019 in: General News

You can download the current House of Prayer.

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Help Wanted

Posted on February 07, 2019 in: General News

Searching for a Registered Nurse to join the IBVM Health Care staff in Wheaton.     Please share this incredible opportunity with anyone who might be interested. More Details

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Introducing the Companions

Posted on February 06, 2019 in: General News

“How happy a thing it is to love God and serve Him and seek Him.”  Mary Ward   How happy a thing it is that for 30 years Associates and Sisters have joined together in loving, seeking and serving! Today we are pleased to announce the official new name of the Associates: COMPANIONS OF MARY WARD   In the spirit of our 2018 Assembly theme, we look back to our source and forward to our future.  The Affiliate program was first introduced to the General Council in Toronto in 1981 but wasn’t approved until eight years later.  The first Associates were received...

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Celebrating Mary Ward Day

Posted on January 27, 2019 in: General News

On January 23rd, the Wheaton IBVM staff welcomed the Franciscan Sisters and staff to celebrate Mary Ward Day!     

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Human Trafficking Awareness Night

Posted on January 21, 2019 in: General News

What can you do to stop human trafficking?  Youare invited to come and learn.  Free but reservation required.   Saturday January 26th at 7:00 pm My Half Of The Sky coffee house 121 West Wesley Street  Wheaton, IL 60187

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  The Joliet Franciscan Sisters recently honored Jean Okroi with the Mother Alfred Moes Award for her work in shedding light on the issue of human trafficking.  This award is named after Mother Alfred Moes, the Joliet Franciscan foundress,  and recognizes individuals and organizations who transform vision into service. Congratulations Jean, an honor well deserved!  

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Mary Ward Week 2019

Posted on January 20, 2019 in: General News

The booklet for Mary Ward Week is available HERE

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Hats Off to Sr. Arlene!

Posted on January 19, 2019 in: General News

Arlene Ashack’s painting “ENTANGLEMENT” has been selected by the Kosmos Journal for Global Transformation to accompany Merle Lefkoff’s essay in the spring.   Congratulations, Arlene.

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Hidden Treasures

Posted on January 01, 2019 in: General News

Hidden Treasures in the IBVM Archives   One of the fascinating parts of working with archives is discovering treasures from the past.  Most recently we have been inventorying all of the pictures that have accumulated here over the decades.  The treasure we found is a picture of the very first chapel on the Wheaton property. In 1946, when the Wheaton property was purchased, the only occupied building was the House of the Seven Gables. It was occupied by sisters who were in their initial stage of training and probation, plus two sisters who directed them.   The House ...

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14th Annual Interfaith Prayer Service Sunday January 6, 2019 1:00 - 2:30pm Learn More

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2018 Advent Journey

Posted on December 01, 2018 in: General News

A special thank you to all who participated in our Advent project.  Through the reflections and comments the divine spark in all of us was surely ignited.  We will continue to seek ways to strengthen our connections and welcome any comments or suggestions EMAIL. The pages can still be accessed through this link:  ADVENT WEBPAGE . Happy New year!

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Shop Online and Support the Sisters

Posted on November 16, 2018 in: General News

You can make a difference while you shop at no additional cost to you by using AmazonSmile and igive.com.  Each online purchase you make will automatically earn money for the IBVM.   Learn more about these programs HERE.   Avoid the traffic and the crowds on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all year long.

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday

# GivingTuesday

Posted on November 11, 2018 in: General News

Help us support the Mary Ward Center this #GivingTuesday.   All online donations from now until Tuesday, November 27 will go toward Mary Ward Center Scholarships! Our goal is to raise enough to give 100 people the opportunity to attend classes. To learn more about the Mary Ward Center, check out our website. Click HERE to make a donation! Let's make this year's #GivingTuesday a huge success!  #MaryWardCenterChicago #WomenInTimeWillDoMuch#MWCScholarshipsForClasses

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The IBVM Choir welcomes all singers! To learn more, please contact Anne Hyzy, IBVM at 630 373 0126 or email

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House of Prayer

Posted on August 31, 2018 in: General News

The House of Prayer for September & October 2018 is now available.

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Province Newsletter

Posted on July 09, 2018 in: General News

The July issue of the US Province Newsletter is available here.

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The latest issue of Connections is now available online.  Featured in this issue is "Redefining Retirement"; an inspiring look at our retired sisters at Casa San Carlo. Current Issue Past Issues can be found HERE

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The dedication of the Plaque honoring the IBVM legacy was held on June 12th.  Sisters, Associates and friends attended the event hosted by The Pulte Company.     CLICK HERE to view the video posted by the Daily Herald.   Photos from the event have been posted.

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You Are Invited!

Posted on June 04, 2018 in: General News

You Are Invited!
Pulte Homes invites you to the Wheaton property for the dedication of a beautiful plaque honoring our IBVM Sisters and the many inspiring ministries that were housed at our Wheaton Convent over the years.  This event will take place on Tuesday, June 12, at 10:30 am.  Refreshments will be served, so it is important that Pulte has an estimate of the number who will attend the dedication.  Please respond ASAP to ibvmjudy@aol.com if you plan to join us on Tuesday, June 12, at 10:30 am.

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US Province Newsletter

Posted on May 22, 2018 in: General News

Keep update with the Province.  The June issue of the US Province Newsletter was just published.  Read it HERE.

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The photos are in from the 3rd Annual Loreto Sisters Appreciation Tea held May 5, 2018.  An Irish Tea was the theme this year and over 100 people attended.  The Phoenix IBVM Associates proudly host this event every spring.  View the entire photo album.  

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