Places of Prayer & Solitude
The Cosmic Walk, which was created in May 2014 and dedicated in October of that year, features 25 watercolor paintings by artist and Mercy Sister Corlita Bonnarrens. The paintings depict significant moments in the unfolding story of the universe, of life on earth and of the human community. They invite us into the mystery of creation that has been at work for more than 13 billion years.
St. Francis initiated the idea of the Christmas crèche because of his love and devotion for the Incarnation of Jesus. You can visit our special crèche (outside the back southeast chapel door) for private prayer and reflection.
This sculpture by the artist Francis Sedgwick is a powerful portrayal of St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata on Mount LaVerna in Tuscany, Italy, on September 17, 1224.
Queen of Angels Chapel is the center of our life in community. The story of our religious life is etched in the stained glass windows that embrace our prayer space.
In our sunroom is the artistic representation of the sacred meal of St. Francis and St. Clare at St. Mary of the Angels. The artist is Kay Francis Berger, OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate.
The Heritage Chapel, the original chapel of the Sisters, was located on the site of the first Motherhouse in Avilla, Indiana.
In June 1979 it was relocated behind the Motherhouse at St. Francis Woods.
It echoes with the vision, inspiration and prayers of the founding members.
Come to the quiet of St. Francis Woods and walk the labyrinth, a replica of the famous Chartres Labyrinth. Stop in the Portiuncula Center for Prayer and tell the staff that you are on the grounds and request a prayer guide for your labyrinth journey.
The peace pole, inscribed with the words "May peace prevail on earth," symbolizes our commitment to reduce violence.
St. Francis of Assisi (statue opposite Peace Pole) ever challenges us by his words, calling us to be peacemakers.
The "Sinners Bell," brought from Germany by our first Sisters, reminds us to work towards the abolishment of the Death Penalty. We continue to pray for those executed each month and for all participating in the executions.