Christmas Podcast: Discerning a Religious Calling and Violin Part II

Two Franciscan Sisters reflect on discernment, drawing on learning the violin as an analogy to prayerful understanding. Merry Christmas! Enjoy our violin performance!

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May the Lord bless you this Christmas Season! As we listen for the voice of our own vocation, may we trust that God calls us all to come and be ever near to Him.

Discerning a Religious Calling and Violin Podcast

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Novice Sister Cecilia Joy is taking violin lessons. How does learning how to play the violin relate to discernment and growing as children of God? Watch this video series to find out!

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Franciscan Calling Podcast: What is Franciscan Spirituality?

Here’s another podcast from Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Novice Sister Cecilia Joy. Spiritual Director Sister Anne Marie Lom offers a brief reflection on Franciscan Spirituality.

She discusses the four C’s of St. Francis. “C” our film to learn more.

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Called to be a Franciscan Sister? We’d be happy to talk further with you about our way of life.



Discern Your Calling at Franciscan Camp

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are preparing for Camp Franciscan 2018: Do Not Be Afraid! You have found favor with God, June 11-14, 2018. Campers are already representing 5 states. Is God calling you to come?

Here are some reasons why some young women are coming. Do they sound like you?

I have many reasons for wanting to go to camp this summer. Ever since I was a young girl I have always been religious. I thank my parents for planting the seed of faith in me and nourishing it until I was old enough to do it on my own. As a little girl, I have always been intrigued with dedicating my life to God, to living a religious life. I know I am one of many girls and boys who face this problem, who don’t know if a religious life is truly their vocation. This is why I would love to go to camp, to see if this is truly my vocation, to see if that is the life God has planned out for me. – Ana

I would like to experience life as a Sister. To be honest, I really don’t know if I want to be a Sister, but I think if I go to the camp and experience the life of a Sister, I will see if the Sisterhood is for me. My Mom has always told me that if I want to be a Sister, she supports me with my choice. I think this is going to be an amazing adventure and experience for my life. -Jacqueline

I think that an opportunity like this does not come around often and you have to seize every moment. I would like to attend Camp Franciscan for the different learning opportunities. I would definitely love to learn more about the Sisters and how they knew the Sisterhood was their vocation from God. I also feel as this might affect my relationship with God in a positive way. -Katherine

Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with any questions. Find registration here. Campers are arranging fundraisers to pay for airline costs. We are grateful to the many generous people who support this experience. Sister Mary Ann Spanjers shares on our Sisters at San Xavier Convent Camp Franciscan Fundraiser.

Some highlights of our Camp Franciscan Fund raiser!

A sunny Sunday in April was filled with lots of home-made bakery, hand-made beautiful items made by the Tohono O’odham Natives, generous gift card donations from Tucson restaurants and donated yard-sale items. The parishioners and visitors of the San Xavier mission supported the fund-raiser for air-fare for the 11 young women going to Camp Franciscan. Many of the young women spent most of the day with the Sisters in the 90 degree sun selling and visiting with all the many people who were so generous with their support. Wisconsin here we come!!!


Discernment of Spirits Retreat: Career or Calling

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Jacqueline Spaniola offered a recent Discernment of Spirits Retreat at St. Anne Parish, Chassell, Michigan. We’d like to share thoughts from the retreatants in hopes that others might still consider an April 21 retreat that we are hosting with the Cistercian Nuns at the Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

Here’s what touched the hearts of the young women from St. Albert the Great Campus Ministry, Houghton, Michigan.

  • Biggest thing was learning about discerning spirits.
  • The way in which struggles I have are connected.
  • After learning the process of discerning God’s will, I went and prayed for Holy indifference. I would never have thought to ask for that grace.
  • Some of the information were ideas that I had contemplated, but had a hard time putting into words. The time of silence to reflect and learn more touched by heart most.
  • Today, God reiterated to me the goodness that He created me with and asked me to go back to just being with Him instead of always trying to ‘do’.
  • Having the silence during the Reflection periods was a really beautiful way to help me to be open to listening to God in Scripture. He is so good!

To register for the April 21st Discernment of Spirits Retreat with Franciscan Sisters and Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac, click here. Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with any questions or for more information. One on one time with Sister Jacqueline or one of the Cistercian Nuns is also built into the day for those who desire this time.