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.
Our Motherhouse visits are available on request. We will be offering an Icon Retreat for those who have expressed a desire to discern with this experience. Each person will choose a saint and pray with that holy one of God for the weekend as the icon is written. If you are interested in this prayer option and would like to help us set a date, place call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 or click here: Vocation Retreat Registration
Called to Pray with Saints Francis and Clare
Join us for this Franciscan-focused virtual retreat, with a conference each evening and individual spiritual direction. Discern how God is working in your life and calling you. Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom facilitates this discernment event.
Prayerfully join us on January 14-16, 2022 or March 18-19, 2022.
Call or text Sister Julie Ann 920-323-9632 with questions.
Liturgy of the Hours for Discerning Women
Young women discerning God’s call have asked about more information regarding the Liturgy of the Hours. Sister Anne Marie Lom is responding to such a need by offering a Zoom event on “Called to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours’ on February 26, 2022 with talks at 10 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM. What can you expect from this kind of event? Here are some questions that will be answered.
- How did this prayer of the universal Church come to be?
- What are the similarities and differences in the various Hours: Lauds and Vespers? How are the Hours structured?
- What is the difference between a Psalm and a Canticle in the Liturgy of Hours?
- How can I pray the Liturgy of Hours with better attention and personal application?
- Time for your questions and observations.
Sister Anne Marie Lom OSF 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 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
There will be a Guest Speaker: Sister Pamela Biehl, OSF, who has a Master’s Degree in Liturgy, will be the leader of the closing Evening Prayer. To register please click here: /vocation-retreat-registration/ Call or text Sister Julie Ann with any further questions or concerns.