Reasons Why Clare-Focused Vocation Discernment Retreat Is Appreciated

Paul Keggington

February 20, 2012

Young women ages 25-29 from Canada, Mississippi and Washington D. C. arrived at the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity,  Manitowoc, WI, Feb. 17-19, 2012, for a Vocation Discernment Retreat. Wonder just what the retreatants appreciated about the weekend? Read their responses here:

  • Prayer times
  • St. Francis Chapel
  • candles
  • music ministry at St. Gregory Parish, St. Nazianz, WI
  • supper with the Sisters, Novices and Regina
  • time for prayer and silent reflection and immersion into the beautiful community

St. Clare’s writings and her ‘Call from Jesus in the Eucharist’ were a fitting weekend theme.  This year marks the 800 year anniversary of Clare joining St. Francis of Assisi on the night of Palm Sunday and giving herself totally to God.

On the last evening of the retreat this Clarian blessing was prayed for each retreatant:

Go forth in peace for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for He who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you my God for having created me.

Other aspects of St. Clare’s spirituality will be the focus of another Discernment Retreat on May 18-20, 2012. If you are a young woman ages 18-30, we invite you to click here to register today. If you know a young woman who may be called to be a joyful Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, please share this link with her.

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