Monday, March 6, 2017

How Did St. Francis Pray to Know the Will of God?

Retreatants for the recent Seeing With the Eyes of St. Francis Retreat opened their hearts to St. Francis' favorite devotions to know the will of God. Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom facilitated the weekend at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse, Manitowoc, WI. Find here two sources that were highlighted.

St. Francis and the Stations of the Cross

The days began with the perfect Lenten prayer: the Stations of the Cross. The journal question for the night was: If I were St. Francis, watching the Passion of Jesus, I would be thinking... feeling... wondering...

Because the stations were prayed using our own Sister Victoria Masil's original, inlaid, wooden, bas-relief paintings, retreatants were helped by visually seeing St. Francis in each stop of the journey. These are found displayed in St. Mary Chapel. A special station book that walks through each traditional scene invites all to be mindful of our part in Jesus' sufferings and death.

St. Francis' Office of the Passion
Reflection on the Passion of Jesus continued with the small red book entitled The Geste of the Passion. It outlines St. Francis' Little Office, a series of hymns, psalms, antiphon or a dismissal prayer. It is called a geste, because it extols the valor and great deeds of a hero, such as King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. For Francis, the texts refer to Jesus, the Herald of the Great King.

Conferences were enhanced by participant sharing. Time was offered for one on one spiritual direction for those who desired additional assistance.

If God is calling you to pray to know God's will, we invite you to contact us here.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

March Franciscan Discernment Retreat Invitation

Desiring to experience Franciscan consecrated life? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to consider our March 3-5, 2017, Seeing With the Eyes of St. Francis discernment retreat. Learn more about St. Francis Gospel way of relating to God, the world and each other. Spiritual Director Sister Anne Marie Lom leads on this Lenten Season experience held at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI.

Important to this retreat is time for solitude. Expect to reflect on ways of praying that stirred St. Francis' heart. The stations are one of those ways of getting close to Christ's passion. Franciscan Sister Mary Victoria Masil's paintings of the Way of the Cross will be used to experience this devotion dear to walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
St. Francis identified with our Lord's sufferings to such an extent that he was gifted with the marks of the Passion, the Stigmata. Sister attempted to portray Francis' love by placing him as a figure in each one of the stations.

Click here to register for the retreat.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Called to January Discernment of Spirits Retreat

Is God calling you into the quiet to discern His will? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite single young women to begin the new year with a Silent Discernment of Spirits Retreat January 27-29, 2017. Retreat allows a quiet space to reflect on a call to marriage or religious life, but also knowledge can be applied to any daily life situation. The weekend proves to be life changing!

Sister Jacqueline Spaniola leads on this weekend with talks on St. Ignatius' 22 rules of discernment. Presentations will be followed by quiet reflection to do some inner work. The final talk is entitled 'Discerning God's Will'. St. Ignatius' process of going about this in his life will be shared. (It is one tested by many people in decision making.)

While you are with us, there will be opportunities for questions and answers on our lives as Franciscan Sisters. Begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday until Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Find more information at or call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Invite Us to Meet You at SEEK2017

Are you registered for SEEK 2017 January 3-7 in San Antonio, TX? It promises to be a retreat from normal life. Spend the days with a huge crowd of other enthusiastic, Catholic young adults!
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity will be there.

We are excited to share this experience with the future of our Church. We ourselves are traveling by bus with students from the Diocese of Marquette, MI.

If you do decide to register and desire to have a face to face conversation with us, we'd be happy to meet you during the  conference. Call or text Sister Julie Ann 920-323-9632. Otherwise, we look forward to many wonderful, God-planned interactions throughout the days when walking or standing still.

Coming soon...our next Discernment of Spirits Retreat is January 27-29, 2017 at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI. Register here.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

November Discernment of Spirits Retreat: Seek God's Will

Desiring to seek God's will for your life? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to consider our November 11-13 Discernment of Spirits Retreat in WI.
Sister Jacqueline Spaniola leads the weekend of reflection based on St. Ignatian’s discernment process at our Motherhouse, 2409 S. Alverno Rd, Manitowoc, WI.

What do other young women say about the retreat?
  • A greater awareness of the depth and stages of discernment
  • I really enjoyed praying with the Sisters.
  • It was really amazing and I can't think of anything to improve the experience.
  • It touched my heart and helped to make things more clear.
  • Teachings were helpful-then to have quiet time to reflect.
  • Brought back things that happened in my life and how God was workingBegins Friday with an evening meal at 5:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 12:30 p.m..

Expect to learn rules that others have applied in important decision making. Most free time will be in silence in order to pray and apply what you hear to your own life. For more information call or text 920-323-9632. Let us know your schedule and register for retreat here.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Franciscan Sisters and Sauk Rapids, MN Poor Clares Collaborate for a Silent Discernment of Spirits Day

Three Saints, Two Orders, One Retreat

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and the Poor Clares offer a Silent Discernment of Spirits Day Retreat at the Poor Clare Monastery in Sauk Rapids, MN on Saturday, October 8th.

The retreat is geared toward 20-something Catholic women discerning God’s call to religious life or to married life.
Franciscan Sister Jacqueline Spaniola leads the retreat, based on St. Ignatius’ discernment process to guide you in understanding God’s will for your life.
Mass is at 7 a.m. (optional). Retreat begins at 8:30 a.m. Prayer times of the Poor Clares will be observed by all present.
The Sisters and Nuns will gladly take time for questions and answers.
Click here for a podcast on the Discernment of Spirits Retreat and registration.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Discernment Retreat: Seeing with the Eyes of St. Francis

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to consider our September Discernment Retreat.

Seeing with the Eyes of St. Francis
A Discernment Retreat for Catholic Women
September 16–18, 2016
Friday, 5:30 p.m.–Sunday, 12:30 p.m
Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc, WI
Is God calling you to become Franciscan Sister?
We invite you contemplate what was important to St. Francis especially his relationship with God
and others. A special discernment retreat led by Sr. Anne Marie Lom includes time for prayer and
reflection, as well as joining us in a Beach Sweep for ‘Sister Water’ at Lake Michigan.

Call or text Sister Julie Ann 920-323-9632
or register:
If this weekend is not convenient, let us know a time that works for you.

Help us distribute our retreat flyers. Click here. Find the retreat on our listing.