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Event Details

“Empowering individuals and families to live more sustainable, socially responsible lifestyles.”

Festival Cancelled

Dear Friends of Bluestem Earth Festival,

Whether guest, vendor, sponsor or friend for one or nine years, you have shared your passions, knowledge and skills to join us in celebrating and educating on the life culture that promotes sustainable living. Our in-person festival had so many wonderful venders and exhibits, as well as 5 educational topics of Bluestem University. There were animals and art, healthy food options and earth-friendly plants, door prizes, crafts, services and information. We were motivated by the core value of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters, “Care for our Earth and the Peoples of the Earth, our brothers and sisters.”

After pausing for Covid 19 during 2020, we ventured to an online format in 2021.  The presentations are still available on the website, were well done and worth a listen.  Click here to view.

At this time, we do not feel we can continue an in-person or online Festival. We hope to keep our website and Facebook open as a resource and will consider our options next year. We plan to keep our venders alive on our site and will continue to spread our mission.

Thank you for your involvement in this effort!

Bluestem Earth Festival Core Committee

Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate

Please contact us with any questions!


Our Mission

The Franciscan charism has always been one committed to peace, hospitality, and regard for the poor and oppressed. The heart of St. Francis was turned toward all of creation and toward living with justice and care. At our time in history, we are surrounded by critical and massive injustices: devastation of natural resources, global warming, human trafficking, racism, pollution.

How can we be part of healing the crises of today?  Bluestem Earth Festival: Living with Justice and Care is an effort of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters and Associates offering education and ideas for action.

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