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The Wheaton Franciscan Heritage
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The Wheaton Franciscans were among many Catholic sisters who came to minister in this country in response to the needs of a growing immigrant population. This influx of pioneering women dedicated to serving God and their neighbor was a major factor in the development of health care, education, and other social services in the United States. This is the story of the Wheaton Franciscan sisters as they overcame misfortune and poverty in America to establish a variety of ministries, chief among them health care and housing. Today they constitute the American province of an international congregation founded by Mother Clara Pfaender in Germany in 1860 known as the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The first health care and housing ministries they founded continue to flourish as Wheaton Franciscan Services. The sisters also continue their service through their peace and justice activities as well as spiritual development ministries.
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Title: Coming In September To A Store Near You! Author: Staff Writer Publisher: Wheaton Franciscan Spiritual Development and Healing Arts Date: Fall 2009 The Wheaton Franciscans comprise the United States Province of the International Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary founded by Mother Clara Pfaender in 1860. The Wheaton Franciscans will begin a year long celebration of the 150th anniversary of their founding beginning in October 2009. To commemorate the 150th anniversary the Wheaton Franciscans have published an historical account through Arcadia Publishing Images of America series titled The Wheaton Franciscan Heritage. The book traces the Sisters ministry in this country in response to the needs of a growing immigrant population. This influx of pioneering women dedicated to serving God and their neighbor was a major factor in the development of health care, education, and other social services in the United States. The Wheaton Franciscan Heritage tells the story through more than 180 photographs tracing the beginning of the Congregation in Germany and telling the story of these remarkable women as they overcame misfortune and poverty in America to establish a variety of ministries, chief among them health care and housing. When asked what lasting impact she hoped the book would have, author Jeanne Guilfoyle said, It is about time women religious were honored and celebrated for their remarkable contributions to American life. My hope is this book will be a part of a larger swell of appreciation for these dedicated servants and assist in documenting an underreported aspect of women s history in America. Ask for it at Borders, Barnes & Noble, local bookstores or order it from Amazon using the link on our website."

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