Young Woman Knocks on Franciscan Sisters’ Door

Paul Keggington

January 26, 2014

Before Evening Prayer on January 25, 2014, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity heard a strong knock on the back chapel door. Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie answered the door finding a young woman with a ready smile. The young woman was ushered in and this conversation took place:

Franciscan Sisters Walk with Young WomanSister Natalie: What is it that you ask of God and our Community of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity?

Young Woman: I wish to enter TAU.

Sister Natalie: TAU is a period of gradual preparation for the Postulancy in our Community of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

TAU is an acronmym that means:

T-mutual testing by you and our Community of the authenticity of a call to be a Franciscan Sister

A-absorbing our particular Franciscan spirit and growing in feeling at home with us

U-gradual growth in understanding what it means to be in formation in our particular religious community i.e. greater self-understanding and knowledge of our Catholic Faith.

Is this what you desire?

Young woman: Yes.

Franciscan Sisters TAU ritual

If you, too, are a young woman desiring to be a Franciscan Sister, we invite you to contact us about questions on my mind or in your heart. We are open to providing more information about TAU, vocation discernment retreats, shadowing a Franciscan Sister, being on the leadership team for Camp Franciscan or visiting with your family or friends.

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