Vocation Discernment Events
We invite Catholic young adult single women discerning consecrated life to begin with watching our Called to Be Franciscan youtube channel, tuning into Sister Cecilia Joy’s Instagram and Facebook interview videos, listening to our Franciscan Moment Podcasts and contacting us to begin a conversation at any time along the way. Like St. Francis and St. Clare, who were called at a time of social upheaval, we are here to help provide discernment helps for you. A special retreat experience or vocation visit can be an insightful and inspiring step forward, moving from discernment to action in following God’s will. Honest questions about Franciscan Life and a calling as a consecrated religious are most welcome.
Career or Calling
If you’re a young adult woman, you are at a decisive time of life. Our Sisters respect your life experiences, perspective and gifts of those with professional responsibilities and educational goals while still young adults. Talents and background in a variety of areas, from social services to health care to education to IT skills may be part of God’s plan in a Franciscan ministry.
During this time of physical distancing, we are all experiencing a new normal. It is not unusual in these quarantined times that new stirrings or old feelings of desire rise up in hearts. As you take time for quiet and personal prayer, we are here willing to listen. If you have questions about the call to be a Franciscan Sister or would appreciate talking to a trained spiritual director, please call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632. We are ready to respond. Now is a good time to take steps in discernment. God is near!
Called to Pray With Saints Francis and Clare
You are invited to a Franciscan Zoom Retreat to assist with discerning a call to Franciscan Prayer and Life.
Who: young women ages 20-34 with discerning hearts.
Schedule: Conference each evening @ 6:30 PM
Individual appointments with director daily when you are available
By immersing ourselves into the prayer of Saints Francis and Clare, we will unfold how God is working in our lives in this twenty-first century.
- at least one half to one hour of prayer in addition to the conference and individual appointment
- attendance at each conference
- willingness to view posted materials as time permits
Sister holds a Masters Degree in Applied Spirituality from the University of San Francisco and served an internship in Franciscan Spiritual Direction for three months in Ontario, Canada. She has taught elementary, secondary and post secondary students and most recently served on the Council of her Congregation. She has facilitated the training of Spiritual Directors and has offered retreats throughout the United States. Presently she coordinates St. Francis House of Prayer in Manitowoc, WI.
Catholic Professional Women 24-34 – ‘Discern My Calling’ Zoom Series Designed for You.
Discerning your calling or beginning to consider your life, purpose, career and vocation approaching graduation, or during post graduate life? Then join us for one of our special Discernment Zooms exploring how Franciscan Life as a Sister is Lived.
December 2, 6:30 PM CST: Sister Myra Jean Sweigart (Green Bay Diocese) and Sister Kathleen Murphy (Green Bay Diocese) – explore the Incarnation’s importance to Franciscan life
January TBA: Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller (Archdiocese of Omaha) and Sister Mary Ann Spanjers (Diocese of Tucson) – share on witnessing your faith
February TBA: Sister Anne Turba and Sister Caritas Strodthoff (Both Green Bay Diocese) – offer gardening tips while fielding discernment questions-now’s the time to order seeds!
March TBA: Sister Mariadele Jacobs (Diocese of Steubenville) and Sister Rochelle (Diocese of Lincoln) – share on the needs of the Church
April TBA Sister Martha Mary Carpenter (Diocese of Phoenix) and Sister Louise (Archdiocese of Omaha) – share on virtue of Hope
Each zoom will reflect the Sisters’ personalities and the time of year. Meet a variety of Sisters – but the most important element is you and your question about how Franciscan Life is Lived.
If you have questions or concerns, please call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632. Register here.
Silent Guided Scripture Retreat for Young Adults
Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Jacqueline Spaniola would like to offer a Silent Guided Scripture Retreat to you in your own home through Zoom. Expect to focus on the Holy Spirit’s action in our lives as helper and guide in all decision making.
Men and Women LIMIT 18
6 PM CST Friday – Zoom session to go over the rhythm of the reteat. Followed by an introduction to begin the silent retreat
8:30 AM Saturday, Sunday and Monday – Zoom session- Sister Jacqueline will give an introduction to your prayer time (30-60 minutes)
Prayer time follows the introduction
AFTERNOON Saturday, Sunday and Monday – Zoom – you will have Spiritual Direction at an appointed time with your Spiritual Director. Prayer time follows the Spiritual Direction session (30-60 minutes)
6 PM CST Saturday, Sunday we will gather on Zoom to pray night prayer (10-15 minutes)
5:30 PM CST on Monday we will gather to share graces and to evaluate the retreat.
If you feel this retreat is a good fit for you, please click the link and register for the weekend that is best for you: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAZUC3z3PyXF65ymBn2OzbXDJ6GB9Z2HhgxSQowPLF4O3_-A/viewform
NOTE: Retreat is open to a limited number of retreatants. We encourage you to sign up early to insure being part of this spiritual experience.
If you have any questions, please call or text Sister Jacqueline at 906-231-6862. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are grateful for our collaboration with St. Albert the Great Catholic Campus Ministry, Houghton, Michigan. Father Thomas Merkel and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan are also assisting with the retreat.