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; Sister Gertrude Daugherty rings in 138 years of FSPA perpetual adoration Rejoicing in the 138th anniversary of FSPA perpetual adoration we are reminded of the very breath that sustains our congregation. Adoration is a holy exchange of the breathing of prayer and movement outward in ministry. Each year we renew the promise of perpetual adoration as we follow the legacy begun by Mother Antonia Herb.  Eight hundred years ago in Assisi, Italy, long before our congregation came into existence, St. Francis procured from the pope pardon of sins for all who passed over

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Perpetual Adoration

. Nurtured and strengthened by Jesus' presence, we live out this adoration in our daily lives as we strive to help those in need. 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 Since 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

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Our chapels

with instructions from an early leader, Mother Antonia Herb, to guard and protect the sacred chapels. Though fire destroyed the west wing of St. Rose Convent, it stopped conspicuously short of the vestibule where St. Michael stood guard. That corridor alone and the chapels beyond were untouched by the fire. Entrance As one enters the chapel and turns to view the area just above the entrance door, a relief of Moses before the burning bush reminds the worshiper that this is a space in which God wishes to commune with his creatures and family. The entrance is also flanked on each side by two

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FSPA History

Bishop Henni formally received the group into the diocese. 1860 Diverted from education to household duties at the newly built diocesan seminary in 1856, overwhelmed with physical labor, and finding themselves unable to develop a truly religious life, the founders left the community. 1864 The sisters and their newly elected leader, Mother Antonia Herb, moved the motherhouse to Jefferson, Wisconsin. There, at St. Coletta Convent, the sisters renewed their aspirations to teach and establish perpetual adoration. 1869 The Reverend Michael Heiss, bishop of the newly formed Diocese of La

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Perpetual Adoration changes announced

of the congregation’s continued prayer for the city of La Crosse and the world.  “We started adoration in 1878 after Mother Antonia Herb’s promise to begin the 24/7 practice came to fruition,” adds Sister Eileen. “In 1997, prayer partners were invited to help continue the promise, primarily taking daytime hours while sisters living at St. Rose Convent continued the night hours. As demographics continued changing in the early 2000s, we began studying the future of the practice and growing in our understanding of how we can move forward tending to the spirit of perpetual

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Sister shares story of chapel as "God's Answer to a Bold Promise

From the promise to build it (made by Mother Antonia Herb in 1865) to construction (from 1902 to 1906) and how tour guests marvel when they see it, Sister Malinda Gerke is fascinated by the stories of Mary of the Angels Chapel. She has collected these stories in the recently released “Mary of the Angels Chapel: God’s Answer to a Bold Promise.” “Since I am a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, I have heard stories about the chapel since I was very young,” noted Sister Malinda in the book’s preface. “I think I was three years old when I remember hearing

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Sacred Tradition: honoring 140 years of prayer

  On Aug. 1, "More than 100 FSPA and lay prayer partners gathered at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse for the reverential ceremony, prayer service and Mass [celebrating 140 years of perpetual adoration]. The tradition traces to the prayer of Mother Antonia Herb in 1865, when the FSPAs overcrowded the cramped space in their small Maria Angelorum Chapel: “Dear Lord, if you will bless us … we will build as beautiful chapel as our means will allow.”  Read La Crosse Tribune's Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrate 140 years of constant

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