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Our Mission in Action
Welcome to the Conservancy
Located in Franklin, WI, the Conservancy for Healing and Heritage in Franklin, Wisconsin features a rare combination of ecosystems. Founded by the vision of the Felician Sisters and carried forward by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, this sacred land, with a 70 year history to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is open to the public.
We are dedicated to being responsible stewards of the environment by conserving an exceptional 36-acre parcel of forestland and a glacial lake. We offer the Reiman Healing Chapel, We Energies Foundation Healing Garden and Lake & Nature Trails for all who seek nature to improve their well-being. We are especially passionate about supporting and comforting those experiencing physical or emotional distress or disease. The Conservancy promotes respect and appreciation for the natural world through emphasis on the care of creation for all ages.
The Conservancy's mission is expressed through our Three Pillars of Service
The Felician Sisters along with the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters founded and funded the Conservancy as a commitment to their healthcare ministries. The Cancer Center and a healing garden was the goal.
Care Creation and Care of the Sick and community brought the Conservancy to fruition on land that was born of the Ice Age. Carved by glaciers that created a steep gravel ridge which retreated, leaving behind an enormous block of ice buried in the outwash. That mammoth cube melted to become a 70 ft deep spring fed lake.
Today, the Conservancy continues the Sisters founding principles to serve those in need.
1889 - Kopmeier Family purchases the land
1955 - Kopmeier Family donate to Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Archdiocese utilizes land and lake for retreats, rest and rejuvenation. We continue that tradition today.
2003 - Founded by the Felician Sisters and Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, the Conservancy is established as a 501(c)3
2005 - Conservancy purchases 36 acres including Kopmeier Lake (also known as Priests Lake) for the future healing garden and healing chapel
2016 - Reiman Healing Chapel in the Woods is open to the public
2020 - Healing Garden construction. The two observation decks and stairs are completed on the Healing Trails
2021 - completion of the Healing Garden and Lake & Nature Trails
2022 - Olive & Eunice Toussaint Foundation Educational Pier/Observation Deck is finished
September 2022 - Ribbon Cutting
We serve our community in spiritual health and well-being and education.
St. Alphonsus Parish - Greendale
St. Francis Hospital
Franklin High School
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Reiman Cancer Center
St. Gregory the Great Parish - Milwaukee
St. Mary's Parish - Hales Corners
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - New Berlin
Wheaton Franciscan Sisters
Faith Community Church
Franklin Business Park Consortium
Holy Family Parish
Sponsor the Conservancy or the Lake & Nature Trails.
Funds raised is $5.4 million with $120,000 needed to reach goal.
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Featured on the June 17, 2019 Morning Blend
A hidden gem off the beaten path in Franklin is getting some attention as a safe retreat to bond with nature, and in the process soothe the heart, soul and mind. On CBS 58 Sunday Morning, Michael Schlesinger discovered the Franklin Conservancy for Healing and Heritage is also a place where Wisconsin's most interesting wildlife gathers in the spring and fall.
We are responsible stewards of the environment. We are grateful for the gift of creation.
“Viewing forest landscapes, for even short periods of time, has relaxing effects such as lower blood pressure and heart rate.”
-- Nature Sacred
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The Conservancy can be accessed from the parking lot of the Ascension Medical building on
S. 74th and W. Rawson Avenue in Franklin, WI. Drive to the far end of the parking lot -- the Reiman Healing Chapel is on the right. The Reiman Cancer Center is on the left.
The entire Conservancy is situated between W. Rawson Avenue on the south, W. Loomis Road on the north, and between S. 74th and S. 68th.