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:
Sister 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.
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.