Discernment Question: What fears did you have about vocations in general as you discerned religious life?

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

November 13, 2023

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity respond to the discernment question: What fears did you have about vocations in general as you discerned religious life?

“When I read this question I tend to think more of how did God help me to see the vocation in which He was calling me. Until I received the call to Religious life I was walking the road towards a future that of potential marriage and children. As I discerned the call to Religious life I worked to pay attention and to be more open to how our amazing God was speaking to me personally and through others around me. Over time and through prayer He helped me to see that I was not being called to be a spouse and mother of my own family, but to be a spouse of Christ and a spiritual mother to many. Our God helped me to see one choice is not better then the other because each is a call.  And each one of us has a different call that He places within our hearts and minds. I do believe the desire to be a mother and wife can greatly add to your role as a Religious Sister.” – Novice Sister Catherine Peter Logan


“I recall visiting with my mom about religious life and asking her what she thought. This is back between 1963 and 1967. She suggested I talk to the High School Counselor, who happened to be a priest. I asked him if he knew other religious communities that perhaps I should contact. I do not recall all he said but in the end he seemed to suggest that I pursue the questions with the Religious Community that were my teachers. At that time our Community numbered close to a thousand. I think my biggest fears were:

  • Would I be accepted?
  • Did I select the correct community?
  • Who would be the other postulants?
  • How hard would it be to leave home and be hours away from family?

I entered the Community in 1967 with 14 other young women; at that time different fears or concerns surfaced:

  • Did I really receive a call to this Life?
  • Did I make the right choice?
  • Will I make it?
  • Will I be successful with my studies to become a teacher?Where might I be missioned once I became a teacher?
  • How are my family doing?” – Sister Mary Ann Tupy

“I did not necessarily have any fears concerning vocations. At the time of my calling, I had a very promising career with the Texas Attorney General’s office. I had the respect of my peers and executives.  My only fear was the feeling that by staying focused on my career at the Attorney General’s office I was neglecting the call. Fortunately, when I spoke to my boss about my call to discern Religious Life, she was very supportive and told me that it took priority and the work would still be there.  She wrote my first letter of recommendation during my application process to my community.” – Sister Michelle Marie Ozuna

Often fears are best relieved by taking a step in action. We invite you to consider our discernment events. Click here for the on-line page to see other options.


Scripture is another place many find encouragement. St. Francis of Assisi in all his humility sought the Lord and found the Gospel to be His ‘go to’ place for insight. We close with this verse from 1 Peter 5:5-7 and promise our prayers.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

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