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.

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.

Summer Discernment Possibilities

Our discernment experiences can be as varied as your life allows. We invite you to design your own summer 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 offerings 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.

May 22-25 or May 26-29: Fr. Jack Treloar, SJ, Ignatian Exercises for 21st Century-Experience Sisters’ Retreat and time for interaction with our Franciscan Community

Ignatius experienced his major conversion 500 years ago. As a result of this conversion  experience, he wrote his Spiritual Exercises. Despite their age these exercises still speak to us in our contemporary world giving us a map for leading consecrated life in our own time and spreading the Gospel to the contemporary world.

Click here to register: Vocation Retreat Registration


June 26 – 29: Fr. Stephen Olds, Reconciliation: Reflect, Repent, Renew and Rejoice- Experience Sisters’ Retreat and time for interaction with our Franciscan Community

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is often approached with hesitancy by religious, clergy and laity alike. During the retreat we will have the chance to explore the spirituality of the Sacrament, through the writings of authors such as Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis among others. The Sacrament provides an opportunity to discover more about ourselves, acknowledging both our need and capacity for conversion and God’s invitation to recognize the depth of God’s love and mercy.

Click here to register: Vocation Retreat Registration


July 22-24: Sister Jacqueline Spaniola, Discernment of Spirits Retreat

Learn How God Speaks to You-St. Ignatius’ 22 Rules for Discerning Young Women. Understand God’s will for your life and how to make wise and holy decisions. There is time for reflection, prayer and questions and answers. Begins at Evening Prayer on Friday and concludes at noon on Sunday.
Led by Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Jacqueline Spaniola. No cost, but registration is required. Click here to register: Vocation Retreat Registration

God Calls You. We Invite You.

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