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.

April 14-16: St Francis: Incarnation, Paschal Mystery

Young Women ages 20-35: you are invited to a special Easter Season Retreat on-line or in-person at our Motherhouse beginning Friday, April 14 at 6:30-8:30 PM. Sister Anne Marie Lom leads on this experience that will highlight St. Francis vision and thoughts on the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery and the Eucharist. Individual spiritual direction is available on Saturday and Sunday. Register here.


April 18, April 25 and May 23: The World Awaits You- A Zoom Retreat for Soon to Be and Recent College Graduate Catholic Women


‘Graduation’ derives from Latin gradus  – a step figuratively climbed or “a step forward… a degree of rising by stages”

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are excited to offer this retreat to Young Adult Women who are taking steps forward and rising to the promise God plans for them.

It’s designed to help you identify misapprehensions and misconceptions about your plans and life ahead, through realistic and relevant Catholic spiritual practices and insight.

Wisdom from Franciscan Saints will also inform the retreat, along with prayer and blessing for your journey ahead.

The retreat will last approximately one hour, and participants will be welcome to follow up with questions.

April 18, April 25 and May 23

6:30-7:30 PM CST

Women who are ready to chart a course or recalibrate their intended plans are welcome.  Register here

God Calls You. We Invite You.

Register for a Vocation Event