Come to Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat

Paul Keggington

October 31, 2010

Leslie Hammond Gonia, a Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulant, invites you to a Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat Nov. 12-14, 2010 in Manitowoc, WI. Consider Feb. 25-27 or May 20-22, 2011.

A weekend is two days or two-and-a-half if you count Friday evening. Often, in this fast paced world, our weekends go by quickly and we might not even remember what we did. However, a well-spent weekend might leave us feeling fulfilled.

A weekend spent on a Vocation Discernment Retreat with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (click on link to register on-line) is almost guaranteed to be a fulfilling weekend, and it is a guarantee that a weekend spent on a retreat with these Franciscan Sisters will not go by unnoticed.

Franciscan Discernment RetreatEach retreat has a different focus. As a result each retreat provides different spiritual gifts. Discernment retreats with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity provide opportunities to receive the sacraments, pray, enjoy bonfires, hike, share with other young woman, with the Sisters, and spend time with young women in religious formation. I also feel that the retreats are very peaceful and a wonderful time to step away from “normal life”. We need to take some time to breathe and to let the Holy Spirit work in our lives in whatever way He chooses.

Young women reflect on their vocations.As a postulant, I feel that I got to know the community before I entered it through the discernment retreats. Through the retreats I came to know that the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity truly strive to live the Gospel in their daily lives. I also learned that they care deeply for the natural world that God has provided for us.

They are especially connected to Silver Lake, which is located in their back yard, and to the east, Lake Michigan which is an important resource for Wisconsin.

Lake Michigan becomes Discernment Place

The more retreats I came to the more I learned about the personality of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and the more I realized how well my own personality fit in. Come for a weekend and let the Lord love you.    

-Leslie Hammond Gonia, Postulant with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (Website:

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