Discern Call to Be a Franciscan Sister, Nun, Married or Single

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

May 01, 2023

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite Catholic, young adult women to discern their vocation to be a Franciscan Sister, a contemplative nun, married or single person or consecrated virgin serving God’s people. Because all these choices are in need for the future of our Church, it is important to weigh the decision seriously and pray with a heart open to God’s call. We offer these possibilities in the coming months in order that you may get to know us better and know about our way of life while growing in your awareness of God’s call.

May 23: The World Awaits You- A Zoom Retreat for Soon to Be and Recent College Graduate Catholic Women


‘Graduation’ derives from Latin gradus  – a step figuratively climbed or “a step forward… a degree of rising by stages”

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are excited to offer this retreat to Young Adult Women who are taking steps forward and rising to the promise God plans for them.

It’s designed to help you identify misapprehensions and misconceptions about your plans and life ahead, through realistic and relevant Catholic spiritual practices and insight.

Wisdom from Franciscan Saints will also inform the retreat, along with prayer and blessing for your journey ahead.

The retreat will last approximately one hour, and participants will be welcome to follow up with questions.

May 23

6:30-7:30 PM CST

Women who are ready to chart a course or recalibrate their intended plans are welcome.  Register here


May 8-12: Silent Retreat at the Franciscan Sisters House of Prayer with Sister Jacqueline Spaniola, OSF

You can expect to have daily introductions to prayer and one on one conversations with Sister Jacqueline Spaniola OSF at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity House of Prayer.  Sister Jacqueline is currently serving in campus ministry at St. Albert the Great Parish, Houghton, Michigan.

Retreatants will have a private room. In addition to a small chapel in the House of Prayer, you will join the Sisters of St. Francis Convent for prayer and Mass on the first floor in the same building.  The House of Prayer is also within walking distance through the woods from our Motherhouse. Others have found it to be a peaceful and beautiful environment allowing openness to the Lord’s graces. Cost is $25. Scholarships are available by request. Register here.

May 21-27: The Spiritual Journey: A Process of Transformation by Father Albert Haase OFM

The spiritual journey is the communal process of being conformed by the Spirit of God into the image of Christ for the sake of others. During this retreat we’ll explore this process and discover some of its blessings and challenges. Father offers 2 conferences a day with Mass and communal prayer times in St. Francis Chapel at the Motherhouse. Cost: $25 (Scholarships are available.) Register.


June 25-July 1: The Gospel and the Praying Community: A Liturgical Reflection by Father Brendan Creeden OSB

How does the Proclamation of the Gospel in the Liturgical Assembly invite a continual reflection by the listening community on the call to discipleship? Father will be examining specific  passages in the Gospel to show how this might happen. Retreatants can expect 2 conferences a day with Mass and Liturgy of the Hours in St. Francis Chapel at the Motherhouse. Cost: $25 (Scholarships are available.) Register.


Include Us in Your Young Adult Discernment Pilgrimage

Are you feeling you need the intercession of the saints in your discernment journey? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse is in an ideal Young Adult Pilgrimage location whether for the day or part of a trek that includes other holy places. We are just 40 minutes from Our Lady of Good Help Shrine, Champion, Wisconsin and about the same number of miles from St. Joseph Shrine, De Pere, Wisconsin. An hour and a half south of us is Holy Hill Basilica and National Shrine. Our own sacred founding spot, our Motherhouse, has beautiful chapels and an outdoor environment that friends of St. Francis and St. Clare would feel quite at home. For those who wish to travel three and a half hours more to Bishop Baraga’s tomb, we are on the way.  Call Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 and plan on coming to see us.  Register.

Article Comments:

Sister Anne Marie Lom 05/01/2023 @ 10:06 am

What a beautiful welcome to all women in the process of discernment! Come, Holy Spirit!


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