Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Imitation Important to Discerning a Call to Be a Franciscan Sister

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Mother Generose Cahill offered wisdom on the value of imitation when desiring to make difficult actions back in 1954. It is continues to be relevant today.

One of the chief values of imitation lies in the fact that through it the person's capacity for difficult actions is revealed  to himself. He sees others doing great things, he tries and succeeds. The revelation of power in himself is a pleasure, the consciousness of success is a stimulus to repeat the action and make it more perfect. Thus his own strength, skill and versatility are revealed to himself and cultivated in lines he would otherwise deem far beyond his power.

Another value of imitation is well expressed by a French critic of Rousseau's doctrine when he says, 'The deepest springs of action in us is the sight of action in others-The spectacle of effort is what awakens and sustains our own effort. No runner running all alone on a race-track will find in his own will the power of stimulation which his rivalry with other runners incites, when he feels them at his heels, about to pass.'

Imitation is the basis of memory, imagination, thought and emotion, and as there can be no education without the development of these...growth is always by action; he clothes upon himself the scenes of his life and acts them out; so he grows in what he is .

If you are feeling called to make a decision re: your own vocation, we invite you to contact us here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lent 2014: Consider a Franciscan Discernment Retreat

Lenten days were important for St. Francis' own discernment.

Lent to St. Francis was a term meaning 40 days of intensive prayer, solitude and fasting. Although he was very conscious of keeping the 'Church's calendared Lent', he created more than one of these seasons for himself during the year.

One of the these inspired Lenten commemorations, Francis went to the heritage of Mount La Verna because he enjoyed the solitude of this remote place. He "wanted to do a Lent in honor of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, His mother, and blessed Michael, the prince of the angels and of souls."

It was during these periods of prayerful solitude that the converted Francis was ever anxious to know the will of God and to grow in how he could please Him better.

As we begin this 2014 Lenten Season, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to go the heights of discernment and consider a call to be a Franciscan Sister.  Contact us for a date and time that works for you and possibly some of your own companions.  It is also not too early to consider a summer silent retreat. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Coming Spring and Summer Franciscan Discernment Retreats

Fully aware that the Holy Spirit is alive and active in the hearts of young, single women ages 18-30, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are very open  in this new year to plan a Franciscan Vocation Discernment Opportunity with you.

First. if you are feeling moved to consider what you are ‘called to be' whether with or without your own companions (family members, friends), contact us on the dates that work for you. We are here to serve you. Spring breathes new life. Come see the beauty of WI or talk to us about the possibility of visiting one of our convents near you.

Second, consider these options:

Franciscan Silent Retreats
Join smaller groups of our Franciscan Sisters during their yearly silent retreat at our Motherhouse, 2409 S. Alverno Rd Manitowoc, WI. Expect to attend conferences, have personal
prayer time, while having some moments to learn and share with others of our Sisters not on retreat during meal time. We hope to open your eyes to our life of prayer, community life and ministry.
Possible dates:  July 13-15 or July 17-19
Theme: Transparency and the Franciscan Charism
Retreat Master: Father Peter Kutch, OFM Cap

In our lives as Franciscans we don't just know our story, we are our story. In all that we do we try to do as Francis and Clare did-strive to come to a point where we, as Paul said, "...no longer I live but Christ lives in me." Because of our rich Franciscan Spiritual Tradition we are constantly being challenged to become new creatures in Christ. Our sharing of our lives with others continues to bring to our world something new, yet Franciscan in spirit. Christ is our GIFT to our world.

Possible dates: August 17-19 or August 21-23
Theme: Pausing to Grow in Awareness
Retreat Master: Father James Friedel, OSA

With the insights of some spiritual giants, this retreat seeks to help its participants realize their blessedness by removing the obstacles they/we hold on to which conceal the Kingdom of God within. Thus, we will spend some time trying to discover what hides this blessedness from us, namely, our attachments and our sinfulness.

This retreat takes a down-to-earth approach to spirituality and is conducted in a narrative, storytelling style.
Note: Retreat begins at 7 p.m. and concludes on the closing day by 12:30 p.m.
Click  here to register.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Franciscan Sisters Invite You to Journey Into God

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity begin January 2014 by offering a prayer resource entitled "Journey Into God". Here is a brief sample of the first of the 12 themed reflection booklet with an icon, Scripture offerings and possible saints for intercession.

In the beginning I call upon that Eternal Source from whom all illumination flows as from the God of lights and from whom comes every good and perfect gift. I call upon God through the divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ that through the intercession of the most holy virgin Mary, the mother of the same Lord, Jesus Christ, and through that of blessed Francis, our leader and father, God might enlighten us and guide our feet on the path of peace-that peace which surpasses all understanding. It is that peace which our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed and granted to us.

Blessed are those whose help comes from you. In their hearts they are disposed to ascend by steps in the valley of tears, in the place which they have set. Since happiness is nothing other than the enjoyment of the highest good, and since the highest good is above us, we cannot find happiness without rising above ourselves, not by a physical journey but by a journey of the heart. But we cannot be elevated above ourselves unless a superior power lifts us up. No matter how well-ordered the steps of our interior life may be, nothing will happen if divine aid does not accompany us...therefore, prayer is the mother and the well-spring of the upward movement into God.
-St. Bonaventure, Journey into God
Note: Russian Madonna icon written by Sister Francette Riebe

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Consider a Christmas Season Franciscan Convent Open House

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite young women for a Holy Family Convent Open House, Manitowoc, WI on January 7, 2014. Arrive at 4:30 p.m. in time for Evening Prayer with us. Expect a tour before and after the evening meal and departure @6:30 p.m.

Desiring to combine this experience with a day or two of reflection time? Click here to contact us.

The Christmas Season offers a mystical spirit all its own.

The fire of love needs to be lit in my heart. Lord Jesus, help me be open to your presence deep within me and all your creatures.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

This Advent Consider Convent Reflection Time

Are you a young woman ages 18-30 desiring some Advent reflection time to consider your own call from God? We invite you to consider a call to be a Franciscan Sister.

It is with true joy that we offer you Franciscan hospitality. We invite you to contact us about a possible visit to our Wisconsin Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse or one of our local convents near you. Click here to see where we serve.

Please include the day(s) that work for you. If you would rather not travel alone, feel free to bring companions-friends or family.

Expect to find out that Advent is one of  our Community's favorite times of the year!

Come, Lord Jesus!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Vocation Retreat Notes: Living the Gospel My God and My All

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share some guided prayer from the Vocation Retreat planned with the theme: Living the Gospel: My God and My All. The retreat opens with a Eucharistic procession to significant chapels in our Motherhouse.

We adore you, most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here, and in all your churches throughout all the world; and we bless you, because, by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

As we begin this Eucharistic prayer time, we reflect on the our relationship with God.

How have a related to God in the past?
How do I feel called to know, love and serve God now?

St. Francis prayed this prayer in the early days of His conversion. We pray this prayer as we seek to grow in our love for the Eucharist.

O Most High Glorious God enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out Your holy and true command. Amen.

(Quiet Prayer)
See You in the Eucharist by Danielle Rose
If this retreat theme speaks to your heart, we invite you to visit our Motherhouse. Click here to contact us regarding dates that work for you.