Since 2003, our sharing parish has been Saint Frances of Rome, located in Cicero. Saint Frances is a vibrant faith community which has in recent years welcomed a large Hispanic population and is working to meld different cultural traditions. Saint Anne, through the Sharing Board, has supported Saint Frances’ s attempts strengthen its school program by establishing school scholarships for students showing financial need.
Opportunities for a social, cultural and liturgical exchange are as important as sharing of resources. Members of each parish are always welcome guests at the liturgies in the other parish. In addition, the children of both parish schools participate in a number of cooperative programs, building a foundation of cross-cultural friendship and understanding.
The Sharing Board had sharing experience with Fr. Mark Bartosic and continue to support him as he moves into his new ministry.
We welcomed to our meeting in September 2016 the new Pastor of SFR, Fr. Paul Stein, and the Principal Anthony Clishem (“Deacon Tony”). Fr. Paul grew up in Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg, graduated from U of I, and was ordained in 2001. He speaks fluent Spanish and is conducting home visits to understand parishioners perspectives.
Saint Anne and Saint Frances of Rome
An important part of the Sharing Board’s mission is to build bridges through friendship and understanding. Our Sharing Schools program helps achieve this by bringing students from both parish schools together on a regular basis to build relationships and learn more about each other through a variety of activities.