Franciscan Sisters and Cistercian Nuns Invite to Discerning Day

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

March 20, 2022

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery are again partnering to offer single Catholic Women ages 20-35 a unique “Discernment of Spirits” Retreat May 14, 2022.

3 Spiritual Traditions, 2 Religious Congregations, 1 Discerning Day

Led by Sister Jacqueline Spaniola, the DOS Retreats offers young women a practical means of discerning how the Holy Spirit is speaks to them, and informs and inspires intentional life decisions.

Sister Jacqueline is currently the Pastoral Associate Minister at St Albert the Great University Parish at Michigan Technological University in Houghton MI. As Sr Jackie  explained  “The Retreats are based on Discernment of Spirits – St. Ignatius’ twenty two rules for discerning a calling and understanding God’s will in one’s life. During the one day mostly silent retreat, women will learn tools for making intentional and prayerful life decisions. “

“Young women said ‘if it’s a quiet retreat I will go’ and I think young people in their twenties and early thirties are seeing that they need that quiet that the society is not giving them. They just want some quiet time to really reflect on what God is asking them to do.”

The retreat, held at the singularly serene environment of the Cistercian Valley of Our Lady Monastery near Prairie du Sac Wisconsin, will offer women an especially conducive location to apprehending the subtle movements of the Holy Spirit.

Some past retreatants observations include:

  • “I was able to dive deeply into the rules that addressed my own discernment and journey…”
  • “Taking the time intentionally to examine my life and uncover more of who I am…”
  • “I really appreciate having such ample opportunities for silence and processing and journaling. It felt like just the right balance…”

Retreatants also have time to interact with and ask questions of sisters in the active Franciscan and contemplative Benedictine charisms, and explore how they complement each other within the life of the church.

8 AM Mass (optional)

9 AM Retreat begins

4:30 PM  Closing of Retreat

4:45 PM   Vespers (optional)

Register here /vocation-retreat-registration/ For questions or concerns, call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632.

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