Franciscan Sisters Affirm World Day of Consecrated Life with Discernment Invitations

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

January 28, 2022

Affirming World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer Spring 2022 Discernment Events and Resources for Single Catholic Women 20-35

The Sisters also are featuring the “Living Consecrated Life” conversations at discern your Franciscan calling.   Both newer Sisters in formation and longtime vowed Sisters have come from ‘the East Coast, West Coast and North Coast’ to the Fresh Coast of Northeast Wisconsin joining the Franciscan Community at Holy Family Convent.

Sisters featured in the six part series are: Sr. Carmen Marie Diaz, Professed Sister (Translator Green Bay Diocese) Home Archdiocese, Los Angeles CA; Sr. Anne Turba Professed Sister (Nurse Practitioner) Home Diocese Green Bay; Sr. Concepcion Medina, Temporary Professed Sister (Nursing Student) Home Diocese: San Angelo Texas; Sr. Maria Guadalupe Martinez Lopez Temporary Professed Sister (Student) Home Diocese: Raleigh North Carolina; Sr. Carol Seidl, Professed Sister (recently Principal at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, Casa Grande, Arizona in the Diocese of Tucson), Home Diocese Green Bay Wisconsin; Sr. Mary Jane Schwartz, Novice Sister, Home Diocese Marquette Michigan.

Sr. Carmen Marie Diaz reflected “When I came to the convent, I came with the attitude that I would give everything to God…. I came from Los Angeles, California to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It was quite a leap culturally. It’s a culture in itself. It was quite an experience.”

Sr Concepcion Medina noted: “I was a first year Novice. Whatever I said inspired (the Sister with me) to look at me and say “God gives you the grace that you need whenever you need it. Not before. Not after. Just as you need it.” I think that’s been so true, especially through the adjustment of each stage of formation- Postulancy, then Novitiate, then Temporary Profession, then second year of Temporary Profession. Every year there’s this new adjustment stage.”

Spring 2022 Retreats and Resources include: Design Your Own Convent Visit at our Wisconsin Motherhouse or one of our convents in the U.S. for a portion of a day or a few days while discerning God’s call. Meet those in Initial Formation, also many of our Sisters who have lived our Franciscan vocation and have experiences to share.

Called to Pray with Saints Francis and Clare: Join us for this Franciscan-focused virtual retreat, with a conference each evening and individual spiritual direction. Discern how God is working in your life and calling you. Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom facilitates this discernment event. ‘Liturgy of the Hours’ Zoom Workshop to explore the history of this Prayer and how to pray more attentively and meaningfully.

For those discerning a calling to consecrated life Sisters are always available for in person proximity meetings or phone conversations

Since 1869, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have served in Catholic Health Care, Education, Campus Ministry and Parish-Community Service throughout the United States. From Missions on Dioceses in Arizona, to the Dioceses of Lincoln and Omaha; from Columbus and Steubenville, to Mississippi, and Wisconsin and Michigan. Recently, Discerning women have been joined from Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Texas.

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God Calls You. We Invite You. Dios te Llama. Te Invitamos.


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