Four congregations of Catholic sisters presented Together, Creating a Culture of Peace on Saturday, August 1 in La Crosse, Wis. The congregations, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist celebrated the 160th anniversary of their common founding. The Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis-Cameroon, West Africa, joined these communities in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Franciscan Common Venture. FSPA also celebrated the beginning of 132 years of Perpetual Adoration. Opening at the conference was the Peace Women Across the Globe 1000 Women for Peace exhibition.
The conference closed with a Peace Mass during which the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis offered the Gospel Procession and Acclamation.
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration will co-host a global peace conference on August 1, 2009 in La Crosse, Wis., that is expected to attract hundreds of people to the area.
Creating a Culture of Peace is being organized by FSPA, along with the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi of Milwaukee, Wis., the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist of Meriden, Conn., and the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis based in Cameroon, Africa. The conference celebrates the tenth anniversary of the congregations’ collaboration to share educational resources, improve health care delivery and deepen cultural understanding.
Celebrating peacemaking in today’s world, the conference will feature internationally renowned presenters, including:
• Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta, a spiritual leader from the Thai Buddhist tradition who is known around the world as a peace messenger;
• Janaan Hashim, a Chicago attorney and Muslim who serves as an ardent advocate for Muslims’ civil rights;
• Ilia Delio, OSF, a professor and chair of spirituality studies at Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC, who has written and presented extensively on Franciscan theology;
• Dr. Robert Zuber, director of the project for a United Nations Emergency Peace Service and Global Action to Prevent War who consults with a wide range of U.N. agencies and diplomatic missions.
As part of the conference and anniversary celebration, the Peace Women exhibit will be displayed throughout the Viterbo University campus from August 1, 2009, through early September.
For conference registration information, visit www.franciscancommonventure.org or call 608-791-5287 to request a brochure. Registration is open through July 15, 2009.