Vocation Discernment Events

We invite Catholic young adult single women discerning consecrated life to a special retreat experience or vocation visit. A retreat can be a 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.

Anytime November to May Design Your Own Special Discernment Retreat

Design a discernment experience just for yourself at our Wisconsin Motherhouse. St. Francis sought sacred spaces to be with God, so we offer you: Solitude and silence, balanced with meaningful conversations with our Sisters; Opportunity for spiritual direction as well as service.

It was very helpful to be able to take a break from my busy life to stop and reflect and listen. Then, it was very helpful to be able to talk about what thoughts were running through my head. – Eleanor

Continue reading descriptions of Discernment Possibilities, or click here to register now.

The warmth, hospitality, and overall kindness that was bestowed upon us from all the Sisters really touched my heart. – Kim

I learned that to bring yourself closer to God, start with simple things and not be afraid to shine your light. – Alli

All is a gift to help you discern if you are called to be a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity. Please call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with your questions. For more information or to register, visit: https://fscc-calledtobe.org

December 30-January 3: SLS FOCUS Conference in Phoenix

Look for us among the crowd at this vibrant gathering of young adults. Feel free to text Sister Pamela Catherine at 520-483-7896 or Sister Jacqueline at 920-231-6862 to arrange a face to face meeting or send us a message here and we’ll help it happpen. Sister Elena, Sister Carol Seidl, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, Sister Hannah, Sister Mary Teresa, Sister Concepcion and Sister Maria Guadalupe are also excited to be in Phoenix with everyone.

We’ll be making our home base with St. Albert the Great Campus Ministry, Houghton, Michigan during Mass and at large gathering sessions. Our Sisters will have their eyes wide open to meet up with friends and make new acquaintances! This is a New Year’s celebration to remember!

Coffee House Vocation Conversations

Are you a Catholic Woman 20-32, discerning or beginning to discern a call to consecrated life? You’re not alone! Franciscan Sisters’ of Christian Charity newest postulants and novices are ages ages 28, 26 and 25. We’ll be available at LaFinca Coffee House in St. Francis on November 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Dunn Brothers in West Bend on November 22, noon -1:30 p.m. for a vocation conversation . Or if you prefer another time and place, text Sr. Julie Ann 920-323-9632.

Advent Prayer Day December 13 or 14

This is an Advent Prayer day on the topic of St. Francis and the meaning of Christmas offered at Our House of Prayer at St. Francis Convent, 6835 Calumet Ave, Manitowoc, WI. Please call Sister Anne Marie directly at 920-323-1527 if you are interested in attending and would like to confirm a place.

February 21-23: Come and See with St. Albert the Great, Houghton, MI

On February 22-24, 2020, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and FOCUS Missionaries serving at St. Albert the Great, Houghton, MI invite young adult Catholic Women to Holy Family Convent, 2409 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc, WI for Come and See Our Home, Our Life.

Begins at 8 p.m. Friday with social and night prayer. Saturday includes Morning Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and a heritage tour of our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse. Afternoon includes a pilgrimage to ministry sites, including Our Lady of Good Help Shrine, Champion, WI. Expect some dynamic relationship-building with Sisters, prayer time in our chapels, as well as enjoying other group participants. Concludes after Sunday dinner at 12:30 p.m.. Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with your questions. Register here.

March 14: Cistercian Nuns and Franciscan Sisters Silent Discernment of Spirits Day

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and Cistercians Nuns invite you to a day specially designed to provide you with tools to discern your calling. Franciscan Sister Jacqueline Spaniola leads the retreat, based on St. Ignatius’ discernment process to guide you in understanding God’s will for your life.
Saturday, March 14 at the Valley of Our Lady Cistercian Monastery, Prairie du Sac, WI.
Begins with 8:00 Mass (optional) and closes with 5:00 prayer. The Sisters and Nuns will gladly take time for questions and answers. There is no cost for the retreat, but registration required. Click here to register.

March 20-22: Lenten Franciscan Discernment Offering for Young Professionals

Arrive in time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 4 p.m. followed by Evening Prayer or be at our Wisconsin Motherhouse at 5:30 p.m. for dinner with our Sisters in Initial Formation. Sister Anne Marie Lom will begin the weekend with a talk, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m..

Expect some prayer time, meal time visits with the Sisters, a project for the people of Africa and some time for one on one conversation, as well as more prayer introductions Saturday and Sunday until 12:30 p.m.. Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with your questions or concerns. Register here.

June 15-18 Camp Franciscan 2020

Celebrating the Call…grateful for the ties of love which Jesus binds us together! It is a wonderful experience of getting to know us and new friends from across the country! Download all information here.

About Our Motherhouse

Places have power, and can evoke meaning, direction and spirit. When we visit them thoughtfully we can experience the presence of those who have been there before us: we can sense something of their spirit. – Roch Niemier, OFM

From the earliest days of our Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, the property of our Motherhouse, 4 miles from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, bordering Silver Lake, was thought to be our promised land. It was a vision in Mother Odelia’s prayer that it become “a beautiful location for a convent.” It continues to be an important part of our Community story, significant in the calling of each of our Sisters. It is our home. Perhaps it will someday be your home as well.

In this spirit, we invite you to visit our Franciscan home.

God Calls You. We Invite You.

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