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Artist’s gift to Franciscan Sisters still giving as ornaments enter 25th year

The 2019 Rolan Johnson ornament being sold by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception is based on the 1985 Christmas card created by the Peoria artist and printer. The title of the collectible ornament is "There Is a Peace." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WEST PEORIA — For many years, Rolan Johnson’s elaborate, colorful Christmas cards reminded people what the season was really all about. While the Peoria artist and printer is gone, the tradition lives on in collectible ornaments based on his artwork and sold to benefit the retirement fund of the Sisters of St. Francis of the […]

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Heading Avenue Franciscans welcome Sister Subha Clare as new novice

Sister Subha Clare

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans, welcomed Subha Ramesh as a novice during a prayer service on Nov. 10. She is now known as Sister Subha Clare. Born in Chennai, India, Sister Subha Clare immigrated with her family to the United States, when she was […]

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Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF, elected president of Heading Avenue Franciscans

Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF

WEST PEORIA — Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF, has been elected to serve as president of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception. She succeeds Sister Paula Vasquez, OSF, who will complete her second term in June. Elected to serve on the general council were: Sister Irene Marie Fritch of Peoria, vice president, […]

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