Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Franciscan Discernment: What Does Francis Say About Solitude?

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are inviting young women to join them for moments of  summer solitude to gain greater clarity in discerning life as a Franciscan Sister.

What does St. Francis say about solitude? Well, more than talk about solitude, he actually took time for silence to hear the Holy Spirit speak. He entered into solitude and allowed God to transform him.


  ...he sought places of solitude, where he was often instructed by visits of the Holy Spirit. He was drawn away, lured by that remarkable delight that from the very beginning flowed over him abundantly and never left him as long as he lived.
- Chapter V, The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul by Thomas of Celano

Here's another reference from the Life of Saint Francis by Julian of Speyer, Chapter XI:

Therefore, that most holy man, who had come to know how to divide his time usefully between himself and those around him, on a certain occasion left the crowds of secular people, sought out a place of solitude, and took a few companions with him, in order to defend his repose from all the tumult of those who thronged to him. For, on occasion, he longed to have time free for God alone, and to shake off any dust he had picked up while dealing with men. And after his mind was quiet for a little while, he tasted the sweeter fruit of contemplation, then with all his heart he longed to know what to do to be able to make the sacrifice of himself more pleasing to the Lord. The man of singular virtue had already reached the goal when he believed he had scarcely begun. His greatest desire had always been to extend himself to the things which lay before him, and to count the past as nothing.

Are you finding your own heart yearning for alone time to offer yourself for God? Click here to discover possible silent retreat options. We are ready to customize dates and times to fit your schedule.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Camp Franciscan Training Includes Spiritual Conditioning


 Here's an opportunity that just opened up for anyone who still has not accepted our invitation! Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite campers and leaders. Experience Camp Franciscan June 17-19 in Northeastern Wisconsin. Meet Franciscan Sisters and friends from Grades 6 to high school from various states. We also have spaces for a few more young adult leaders. Great opportunity for counseling or education majors.


Leaders receive an additional spiritual conditioning during the pre-camp training days June 15 at 1 p.m. to June 17 at 1 p.m.. Expect to truly work side by side with us: grow in faith and self-knowledge as you serve others. No better discernment experience of feeling like you are one of us! Call or text Sister Julie Ann 920-323-9632 or visit http://fscc-calledtobe.org/we-invite-you/camp-franciscan/

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Franciscan Inquiry: Just Takes a Few Moments

Do the words of Pope Francis find a home in you? (World Day of Prayer for Vocations) Are you wondering what to do next after figuring out that you feel called to be a follower of St. Francis? It is easy. Click here.

Fill out simple information: name, address, phone number, etc. (It's easier than the forms you will need to fill out in the doctor's office.)

This is important. We will follow up quite quickly.We will not reach out to you unless you reach out to us first. This is true in this first step as well as subsequent steps. This is your journey.

St. Francis was all about serving the deepest needs in others. We are, too. We look forward to hearing from you. Do not be afraid!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Announcing Franciscan Sisters Vocation Discernment Opportunities

During this Year of Consecrated Life and the coming of spring and eventually summer's warmer weather, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity alert you to some Vocation Discernment Retreats, Heritage Tours and times for conversations on Consecrated Life.

Conversations on Consecrated Life

Invite us to enjoy a conversation on Franciscan Consecrated Life with you and/or your friends at your favorite coffee house or another setting. Contact us here or call/text Sister Julie Ann at 920.323.9632. We really look forward to meeting you.

Heritage Tours

We invite young women to Heritage Tours on Sunday afternoon 1-4 p.m. on June 14 and 21 and July 5 and 12.
Visit our oldest cemetery to meet some of our founding Sisters. Hear them share thoughts and memories of the early days of our Community.
Stroll along our Motherhouse and visit rooms that have served multiple purposes in the life of our Community. View pictures of past uses and talk with Sisters who will share some facts you may not know.
Contact us here or text/call 920.323.9632.

Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreats

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to consider a Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat. Expect personal and Community prayer, interactions with many Sisters and just an opportunity to be among us. We are flexible in accommodating your needs. Click here to make the first step in being with us.
Possible dates:  dates of your choice; April 17-19; June 15-19
Note: Retreat begins at 7 p.m. and concludes on the closing day by 12:30 p.m.
Click  here to register.
 

More Silent Retreat Options

Join our Sisters during a few days of our own special silent retreats. Expect input from a retreat master, liturgy, personal prayer time and some interactions with other Sisters not on retreat.
Note: Retreat begins at 7 p.m. and concludes on the closing day by 12:30 p.m.
Click  here to register.

June 28-30, 2015 or July 1-3

The “Joys” of Gospel-A New Evangelization for Living Religious Life Today!
The retreat will focus on the Gospels and how we as religious might mine the “Joys” found within the and allow those “Joys” to enliven our own lives. Father Paul R. Fagan, CP leads this retreat.

August 9-11 or August 13-15

Make us Instruments of Peace: Reflections on the Peace Prayer
The retreat will center on the popular and well-loved Peace Prayer. Storytelling and humor bring to life the message of Jesus’ words to us, his disciples today. Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM leads this retreat.

Monday, February 16, 2015

February Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat Notes: How Do I Know God's Will

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity hosted a February Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat. Retreatants were invited to feel at home among us and received some resources for reflection. One topic was: How Do I Know God's Will

One of the sources provided was comments from Ten Evenings With God by author Ilia Delio, OSF:


"We can only know it through experience, just as we know our friends through the experience of love. We know the will of God by doing the will of God, and we do the will of God by living in the love of God. 

If the will of God is God’s love for us, then we would have to admit that the will of God is not outside us but first and foremost within us.  

If I find myself in God and if I find God then I will find myself.  

When we make life choices for reasons that are not oriented toward fullness of life, the hole of unhappiness in life deepens because the will of God is exchanged for a false self in love with itself and passing things: wealth, fame, recognition, fortune, or pleasure, none of which can bring happiness if they are not first born of the love of God.  

The single source of our happiness is the love of God that lies within us.

How attentive am I to the voice of God in my life and through others whom I encounter?" 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Franciscan Sisters Offer Year of Consecrated Life Convent Open Houses

Did you ever wonder what happens behind convent walls? Come and see.
 
To celebrate this Year of Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis, you and your family are invited to Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity convents in AZ, NE, MS and WI on February 8, 2015. Expect a tour, quiet time for prayer in chapels for those who wish, refreshments and visiting with our Sisters.
 
 
Click here for further information or call us at 920.323.9632 for confirmation of times and places.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Invitation for 'An Intimate Journey of Relationship With God' Retreat

It's a February 13-15, 2015 Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. The theme is 'The Intimate Journey of Relationship With God'. Young, single Catholic women desiring to experience Franciscan life are welcome!

If you can, join us at 5:45 p.m. for the Friday evening meal, recreation and night prayer at our Motherhouse, 2409 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc, WI.

During the weekend you can expect many opportunities to hear our Sisters own love stories with their All Good God. St. Francis' understanding of relationships, especially his relationship with God and His Mother Mary will become an important focus of the days.  

Please complete our retreat registration form http://fscc-calledtobe.org/we-invite-you/retreat-registration/
For any further questions, call Sister Julie Ann 920.323.9632.

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