I am not worthy of the call,” or we might think of all our sinfulness and think that we don’t deserve to be called. We might think that we are not smart enough or capable to do God’s mission. However, it is God who calls us and gives us the strength to follow Him. The call is something we cannot understand. That is why it is a mystery. All we can say as Mary did is: “Let it be with me according to Thy word.”

- Postulant Yazmin

“Especially Initial Formation when you’re in Postulancy, you have to really step back from your so-called materialistic lifestyle. And begin to live their lifestyle. And that was a huge step for me.”Sr. Elena Gonzales, OSF


Postulancy is an opportunity for a young woman to discern her calling in a transitional and experiential environment. Postulancy has often been referred to as an “extended Come and See”. Postulants receive regular personalguidance, group instruction and formal guidance in prayer. They pray with us at Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer in our Motherhouse. Young women explore education, health care, parish work, and other ministries after dialogue about interests, insights, and gifts. Academic, spiritual, and volunteer experiences are provided and regular dialogue places Jesus’ will for the Postulant at the center of her and the Community’s life.


“Being a Postulant is a Spirit-filled adventure. I enjoy being part of an active community where I can serve in various areas while also studying and growing in my relationship with Jesus. Please do visit us if you are feeling nudged by the Holy Spirit. There are so many Sisters here who will welcome you, and with the various personalities, it truly is okay to be the woman Jesus has created you to be.” – Sr. Cecilia Joy

Desire to hear more? Visit our CalledtobeFranciscan YouTube Channel for our Postulant and Novice podcasts and others that picture what life is like for those called to be a Franciscan Sister.

“Fear is not a bad place to start a spiritual journey.” – Kathleen Norris

Looking to Mary as a model for religious, Postulants receive the Insignia, the Franciscan coat of arms with Jesus’ and St. Francis’ hands crossed in blessing, in a prayer service near a Marian feast. They have a home visit with family and friends at Christmas and in May.

Families also may visit in the fall and spring at our Motherhouse. Before Reception into the Novitiate in June there is a silent retreat.

“God loves me. I’m not here just to fill a place, just to be a number. He has chosen me for a purpose.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta



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