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Get the item you ordered or your money back. About this seller. Seller's other items. Contact seller. Related items to consider. About this item. Seller Notes. A readable copy. But the sisters have detailed plans for any emergency, day or night: The chapel would be evacuated and the Blessed Sacrament taken across the street to San Damiano Chapel at Viterbo University , where adoration can continue safely and uninterrupted. Eucharistic devotion has been practiced for hundreds of years, but the practice in La Crosse is as much about the prayers being offered as it is about the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: The sisters get 30, prayer requests a year.

Many requests are repeated, and being privy to someone's pleas to God creates an intimacy between the requestor and the sisters praying, even when they are complete strangers. It's quite an honor to be trusted with their prayers, but they're not talking to me, they're talking to God," Hennessey said. I feel like I'm part of her life. Those making the prayer requests feel that intimacy, as well: A woman sent daily requests for her dying mother, even sending updates from the hospital as her condition worsened.

When her mother died, she sent a thank-you note and invited the sisters to the funeral — in Singapore. After praying for a woman in Nigeria through her pregnancy, the sisters sent a card for the child's baptism, and the mother sent back photos from the ceremony. It's mind-boggling," said Sr. Mildred Tigges, who spends several hours per week in the adoration chapel, including evenings and overnights. It's just pure gift. Antona Schedlo spent 31 years in the mission field, so she now relishes the chance to spend hours in the chapel.

It's quiet, and I couldn't ask for more.


The sisters wanted to begin perpetual adoration when they arrived as part of the Third Order of Secular Franciscans in Wisconsin in from Bavaria, Germany. They had come to the United States to spread the Gospel among German immigrants through education, caring for the poor, and, when they were able, perpetual adoration. But in , Milwaukee Bishop John Martin Henni sent the sisters to provide housekeeping duties at the new diocesan seminary. The work was so overwhelming they were unable to develop a proper religious life and left the Third Order of Secular Franciscans to form their own community, the Sisters of St.

Francis, in In , they moved to Jefferson, Wisconsin, and in to La Crosse. But then there was a new obstacle: La Crosse Bishop Michael Heiss didn't think the sisters were up to the task of maintaining a round-the-clock vigil, as it would impose too great a burden on them. After several rejections, the sisters began to pray two at a time for two-hour stretches to prove they could do it. At 11 a. The sisters changed their name to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to make their devotion part of their identity.

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In the more than 51, days since, the prayers have continued through influenza outbreaks, two world wars, and the Great Flood of , which flooded much of La Crosse and other river towns nearby. Title: My Sister Sarah. Binding: Paperback. Publisher: Headline Book Publishing.

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