Perpetual Adoration

Perpetual Adoration

Hours since
Aug. 1, 1878

Perpetual Adoration has been a cherished practice of FSPA since August 1, 1878—hence our name: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Through February 25, 2020, continuously, day and night, at least two people prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. Today, we continue adoration before the Blessed Sacrament daily in our Adoration Chapel. It is a way of maintaining awareness of God's presence in our lives and praying for the community, the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin, the church and the world.

Each person has a human need to adore. It is one's response when contemplating all the wonder that is in daily life. This tradition of perpetual adoration reminds us of God's presence in our lives and our need to be present in others' lives.

To submit a prayer request, please use our online prayer request form.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration 
Through perpetual eucharistic adoration, we offer God continuous praise and thanksgiving before the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar. Nurtured and strengthened by Jesus' presence, we live out this adoration in our daily lives as we strive to help those in need.


All Soul's Day: Memorial blessings for your loved ones 
It is our honor, to hold in adoration, beloved souls who have soared to heaven and now rest with the Lord. We do so each day during the month of November — a sacred tradition and true gift of religious life for FSPA and the Catholic Church throughout the world. We invite you to share with us the names of your dearly departed. Each and every one will be placed in a basket at the Sacred Heart Altar in Mary of the Angels Chapel where, in remembrance, we will pray throughout the month. All are welcome to put forth names of loved ones now deceased online, and are invited to make a memorial tribute.

Prayer Requests from around the world
Each marker represents international prayer requests received (click or tap marker to see city name).

History of Our Adoration

historic adorationSince 1878, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have been praying in the Adoration Chapel inside St. Rose Convent, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The practice began after Mother Antonia Herb, then leader of the congregation, made several requests to the local bishop for permission to begin perpetual adoration. Concerned it would impose too great a burden on the sisters, he refused.

Determined to establish perpetual adoration, the sisters tried it out, praying two at a time for two hours. They demonstrated they could do it, and on August 1, 1878, at 11 a.m., the congregation—then called Sisters of St. Francis—began praying around the clock and soon thereafter became Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Two people prayed before the Blessed Sacrament 24/7 through Feb. 25, 2020. Today, the daily tradition—and enduring promise—of perpetual adoration reminds us, God is present in our lives at any location and at all times. 

The Lard Light Story

For FSPA, there is great significance associated with the lard light, the candle set within a deep dish. Read the Lard Light Story.

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