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.

Phone Conversation

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 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.

 

December 30: Called to Pray with the Past, Present and Future Zoom

Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom facilitates an evening 6:30 – 8:30 PM CST on the topics of Sabbath Rest and Gratitude for the Past Year. Sister Pam Biehl leads the Closing Night Prayer with the added ritual of Blessing of Phones, Clocks, Calendars. St. Francis of Assisi prayed: “Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.” Register here. For questions and concerns, please call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632.

January 13-14: Discernment of Spirits Zoom Retreat

Franciscan Sister Jacqueline Spaniola facilitates this Zoom based on the wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola. You are invited to apply it to making decisions in your own life. In addition to group talks, there is an opportunity for one on one guided conversation. Begins on Friday and closes by the evening on Saturday. For questions and concerns, call of text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632. Register here.

God Calls You. We Invite You.

Register for a Vocation Event