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 and Sister Cecilia Joy’s 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.
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.
Discernment of Spirits Zoom Retreat
A Zoom retreat for young adult single women specially designed to provide you with tools to discern your calling. Franciscan Sister Jacqueline Spaniola leads the sessions based on St. Ignatius’ discernment process to guide you in understanding God’s will for your life.
Date: July 21-22 and July 23-24
Begins with 8 PM EST introduction to Rules of Discernment and continues 10 a.m. EST on the next day with a few more talks throughout the day closing with a 8 PM EST Prayer for Discernment. There is a scheduled one on one time with each retreatant. There is no cost for the retreat, but registration required.
Time for reflection, prayer and questions and answers. Register at: Vocation Retreat Registration
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.
July 30-August 1
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
To register /vocation-retreat-registration/.
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.
Summer 2021: Our Motherhouse visits are available on request. Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 or click here: Vocation Retreat Registration