Monday, September 14, 2015

Franciscan Sister Offers Retreat on Discernment of Spirits

Are you a 20 something young woman discerning if God is calling you to religious life or to married life? Franciscan Sister Jacqueline Spaniola is offering a silent retreat October 16-18, 2015 based on St. Ignatian's discernment process hoping to better guide you in seeking God's will for your life.

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. There will be talking at meals and some discussions. Begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends after a noon meal on Sunday. The retreat is being held at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse. For more information call or text 920-323-9632. Register for retreat here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Franciscan 20 Something Retreat: '...what I long for with all my heart'

Are you a young woman discerning the deepest yearnings of your heart? Franciscan Sisters invite you to our Manitowoc, WI Motherhouse for an opportunity to learn more about the longings of St. Francis and St. Clare. Enter into personal prayer times and use your own personal times for additional prayer and spiritual reading. Experience community moments as they happen e.g. prayer, meals and service.

Everything about this retreat is intended to help deepen your awareness of your own faith relationship with God as well as learn more about our Franciscan way of life. You will meet many Franciscan Sisters. Each uniquely witnessing what consecrated life means to them.

Retreat begins the opening day at 6 p.m. and closes the third day at 12:30 p.m.
September 11-13
October 2-4
October 23-25
 (Dates and times can be adapted to fit your time and travel commitments e.g. week days,  pick ups from Green Bay or Milwaukee airports or Milwaukee Amtrak. If you are interested in meeting our Sisters some place near you, contact us!)

Click here to register. Call or text 920-323-9632 to talk with Sister Julie Ann.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Experience a Transformative Franciscan Sisters Discernment Retreat

Are you in need of a silent summer break to consider a call to be a Franciscan Sister?
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to join some of our Sisters in retreat August 9-14, 2015 at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI. Come for 1-4 days as your own schedule allows.

The theme is 'Make us Instruments of Peace: Reflections on the Peace Prayer'. Expect to be centered 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 which includes opportunities for Eucharist, Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other communal prayer. Special times will be arranged for conversations with our Sisters not on retreat.  Click here to register.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Consider Your Franciscan Calling in Solitude

Discerning your calling? Considering a vocation decision? Peace and quiet is essential to discernment. Silence opens the door to prayer. Prayer opens the way to hearing God. If you feel called to turn off your cell phone and take time to hear God’s call…we invite you to leave behind constant noises and busyness to listen deeply to where God is calling you in your future.
Franciscan Sisters discerning young woman
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite young women to join our Sisters in a restful silent retreat where you need not say a word except for liturgical prayer for 1-5 days.
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Expect two conferences a day, Morning and Evening Prayer, availability for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and optional one on one spiritual direction. Walk in nature. Most importantly, open your heart to God who loves you with an everlasting love. Click here to find out dates and register. Or call/text 920-323-9632 to talk to Sister Julie Ann.

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

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!