For nearly a century and a half, for every hour of every day, 24/7, members of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have said prayers in their chapel in La Crosse.continue at La Crosse Tribune
Next month, that will change.
The sisters have announced that after a dozen years of study and reflection, they will begin to cut back their prayer ritual to 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
Watching the death of this once glorious order is tragic and heartbreaking. Since 1997 the sisters have been assisted by the laity to continue around the clock adoration. I was at one point a member of that program. A group of sisters left this order to found the Franciscans of the Eucharist in 1973 and have been on a different trajectory both in theology and growth.