National Vocation Awareness Week: Now is the Time for Discernment

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

November 03, 2017

During this National Vocation Awareness Week, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity pray with you as you consider your own call from God. Indeed, God is lovingly drawing you to a deeper intimacy with Him as you seek to know His will for your life.

Sister Pamela Catherine’s Discernment Journey

Sometimes this searching is easier done by first pondering someone else’s journey. We offer Sister Pamela Catherine’s thoughts as a possible jumpstart to your own discernment.


Discernment Possibilities with Franciscan Sisters

Sister Pamela Catherine’s journey of discernment began with prayer and a retreat. Maybe yours will too. If you are a discerning young woman, we offer a number of options that may fit your own situation.

First, let us know what date(s) works for you. If you are looking for some time to consider what you are ‘called to be’, we are open to planning with you and any of your companions whether in Manitowoc, WI or at one of our local convents near you.  Our Sisters in AZ, NE, MI, MS, MO and WI and nearby states would be glad to meet with you for a vocation conversation. Click here or call/text Sister Julie Ann at 920.323.9632 to begin that encounter.

Are you thinking a retreat with others would be a better option? November 24-26, 2017 we host a Silent Discernment of Spirits Retreat at our Motherhouse,  Holy Family Convent, 2409 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc, WI. Sister Jacqueline Spaniola leads this retreat on St. Ignatius’ Rules of Discernment allowing time for prayer and reflection with talks on the rules. Register here or text/call Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 for more information.

Looking for a  more Franciscan experience? March 16-18, 2018 we offer Seeing as St. Francis Did Retreat at our Motherhouse, Holy Family Convent, 2409 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc, WI. Sister Anne Marie Lom guides this weekend. Expect talks about St. Francis and his writings, personal and community prayer times, conversations with the Sisters, and service for others. Again, register here or text/call Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 for more information.

Collaborative Discernment of Spirits Retreats

In the spring we will again be collaborating with the Carmelites of Holy Cross Monastery, Iron Mountain, MI and the Cistercians of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac, WI for Discernment of Spirits Retreat Days. Ask us about this wonderful opportunity to learn St. Ignatius’ Rules of Discernment while spending the day with us and contemplative nuns. 

Discernment Wisdom for All Times

Our Third Order Rule provides this advice for this week and every moment of life as we seek His will: “Let them put aside all attachment as well as every care and worry. Let them only be concerned to serve, love, adore and honor the Lord God, as best they can, with single-heartedness and purity of intention.”  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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