Sale of ornaments benefit the Heading Avenue Franciscans

WEST PEORIA — Christmas tree ornaments are on the minds of many now and there is a way to decorate your tree and benefit the retirement fund of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception at the same time.

The Sisters, also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans, are selling the limited edition 2015 Rolan Johnson Christmas ornament, “Love Was Born at Christmas.” The inspiration for this ornament, the 21st in a series, is Johnson’s 1986 Christmas card.

The Rolan A. Johnson Company Inc. of Peoria has been in existence for 60 years and for 40 of them, Johnson created screen-printed greeting cards for Christmas that he mailed to family members, friends and business associates. In 1995, he granted exclusive permission to the Heading Avenue Franciscans to use his designs as an ornament fundraiser.

After his death in 2000, the Johnson family allowed the Sisters to continue the ornament series in their father’s memory. It remains the Franciscan community’s major fundraiser.

The collectible ornament is two-sided and encased in a 24 karat gold-plated brass frame. It sells for $34 and will be available at a variety of retail stores in the Peoria area through Dec. 31.

To purchase them by mail, send a check with your name and address, plus $4 for shipping and handling for each ornament, to: Heading Avenue Franciscans, 2408 W. Heading Ave., West Peoria, IL 61604. Order forms and retail locations can be found at

The ornaments may be purchased at any time during the year at Immaculate Conception Convent on Heading Avenue.

For more information, contact the community’s Development Office at (309) 675-2005.

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