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 Instagram, 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.
We are all experiencing a new normal. It is not unusual in these times of transition 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!
Design Your Own Convent Visit
You are invited to come visit us at our Wisconsin Motherhouse or one of our convents in various geographic locations for a portion of a day or a few days while discerning God’s call. It is our best way of sharing our spirit with you. Not only will you meet those in Initial Formation, but also many of our Sisters who have lived our Franciscan vocation and have experiences to share. Our homes also speak of our history and the many members who are part of our legacy as Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Dates can be quite flexible. Register here or call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632.
Coming Discernment Opportunities
Our discernment experiences can be as varied as your life allows. We invite you to design your own Fall visit with us. Let us know the days or the hours that you would like to come. If you are interested in a retreat with a particular topic or an event in our Community of Sisters, please continue reading for more specific dates. All in-person events in Wisconsin take place at our Motherhouse, 2409 South Alverno Road, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. If you have transportation needs e.g. airport, ferry or Amtrak pick up, we are here to arrange the best time with you. Please call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with your questions or concerns.
September 23-25: Called to Be Franciscan? On-line Retreat
Does this describe you? Do you have a heart for the poor? Are you willing to love the less loveable? Do you desire a common life with like-minded women? Do you sense the Lord wanting to be closer to you? Is a simple life lived for the Lord attractive to you? Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom leads on an on-line retreat responding to these values of St. Francis. There is a group session in the evening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 PM Central Time. In addition Sister Anne Marie offers individual spiritual direction at a convenient time for each participant on Saturday and Sunday. No cost, but registration is required. Click here to register: Vocation Retreat Registration
September 30 – October 2: Jesus the Bridegroom Retreat at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, Wisconsin facilitated by Sister Jacqueline Spaniola
Looking for a silent retreat on the theme of Jesus, the Bridegroom. Often we use the analogy of Shepherd and the sheep and the Vine and the Branches to speak of our relationship with the Lord. The analogy used most often throughout Scripture is a Bridegroom and Bride relationship.. During the retreat we will explore the Scriptures (Old Testament and the New Testament) to reflect upon the Lord’s desire to have an intimate relationship with each one of us. Expect time in Eucharistic Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist with the Sisters, as well as the opportunity for one on one spiritual direction. Sister Jacqueline Spaniola leads on this weekend prayer experience. Begins at 5:30 PM on Friday and concludes at noon on Sunday. No cost, but registration is required. Click here to register: Vocation Retreat Registration