"The Eucharist is at the center of my discernment and vocation to religious life.  Before joining community, I enjoyed attending perpetual adoration and having sacred moments with Christ in the early hours of the morning when most people were home asleep.  I think in those moments I needed a more intimate setting to visit with Christ, present in the Eucharist."

- Postulant Michelle

“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 personal guidance, 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.


“This was an unexpected call but I can see how God was patient and waited until I had the guidance of those He chose and ability to be open and willing to listen and trust. Pope Benedict XVI said “The love of God sometimes follows paths one could never have imagined, but it always reaches those who are willing to be found.” –Sister Catherine Peter

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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