New Religious Exhibit

The Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in Joliet, IL are celebrating 145 years of service. To learn about their rich history and founder Mother Alfred Moes, be sure to visit a special exhibition at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. It is on display from June 6 though October 10, 2010. For information about the exhibit, the hours, admission and directions, check out the museum's website:

The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Communication Room and Museum

On Friday, July 23, 2010, I journeyed to El Paso, IL just north of Bloomington, to visit CARA member, Karen Fulte, curator of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Communication Room and Museum.

Fulton Sheen, known for his ministries on radio and television, was born in El Paso, IL in 1895 and graduated from St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, IL in 1917. Karen and I met during Karen's research at the Viatorian archives.

The Sheen museum is located on the main drag (Route 24) in the historic railroad depot - an awesome building with a lot of space for Karen's creative work and displays!

Karen is a gracious host and dedicated to Sheen's memory and his cause for sainthood. I highly recommend a visit! Be sure to call in advance and make sure Karen is available - you definitely want to hear her stories.

To learn more about Archbishop Sheen or the museum, visit the museum website.

Joan Sweeney
Archivist for the Viatorian Community