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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Desiring an August Silent Discernment of Spirits Vocation Retreat

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are offering an August 12-14, 2016 Silent Discernment of Spirits Retreat. Click here to fill out the registration form.

Sister Jacqueline Spaniola offers practical discernment rules from St. Ignatius of Loyola in the atmosphere of our Wisconsin Motherhouse. Expect significant time for silent prayer and input that will help in all decision making, but especially in pondering one's vocation. Call or text Sister Julie Ann 920-323-9632.

Note: If August is not good timing for you, consider a coming September 16-18, 2016 Franciscan Service Retreat at the Motherhouse. Or ponder a collaborative Discernment of Spirits day long retreat with us and the Sauk Rapids, MN Poor Clares in MN October 8, 2016.  Call or text Sister Julie Ann for more information.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Franciscan Sisters' Summer Retreat Offerings

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity continue summer offerings for those dealing with questions on vocation discernment. Summer is a good time to seek more deeply God's will for one's life.

Here are July possibilities:

July 6-8: Walk with Franciscan Sisters to places of significance in our history. Expect an 18 mile experience complete with Mass at St. Mary Church, Clarks Mills, WI. Find here a historical marker that continues to tell the story of our founding in 1869. Come Wednesday for Evening Prayer and a blessing of pilgrims. Stay overnight on Thursday and enjoy a concert to close the pilgrimage in honor of our Sister Lorna Zemke. Call or text Sister Julie Ann (920-323-9632).

July 15-17: Begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation on the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Saturday have time for personal prayer and hear a presentation on Good Health: Making Small Changes...for Lasting Results. Learn how small changes in our daily routine can reap big benefits for our overall health. This presentation by Barb Backus and Sister Anne will provide information and practical suggestions to help anyone stay well or improve our health. Sunday guests will be present for the renewal of vows of our Sisters in Temporary Profession. Call or text Sister Julie Ann (920-323-9632).

For more August options, call or text Sister Julie Ann (920-323-9632)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Franciscan Sisters Retreat offers Silence and Ignatian Wisdom

Would it be helpful to learn time-tested advice to discern your unique call from God? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are offering a special spring discernment retreat for you and other young women. (Yes, you are not alone. 4 young women have already signed up to come!)

What can you expect? Sister Jacqueline Spaniola will present practical helps from St. Ignatius of Loyola's own Discernment of Spirits. Silence will help focus on our relationship with God and others. Our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI provides a Franciscan setting complete with prayerful chapels, healthy meals and places to walk outside in nature.

To register, click here. If you can't come this weekend, but would like to attend a future weekend, click here or call Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632. Let us know how we can help.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring and Summer Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreats and More

With the Easter Season comes a renewed sense of mission to discover God's will! Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are eager to meet you on the road or to welcome you among us at Holy Family Convent, 2409 S Alverno Road, Manitowoc, WI.
Choose an experience that fits you!

Discernment of Spirits Retreat

May 27-29, 2016

Silent Retreat with Franciscan Sisters and Father Maury Smith OFM

June 22-24, 2016

Franciscan Sisters First Ever “Mini-Camino” Pilgrimage

July 6-8, 2016

Silent Retreat with Franciscan Sisters and Father Niles Kaufman OFM

August 20-22 or 22-24, 2016

Or are you desiring time to just talk with Franciscan Sisters? Ask us about a coffee house visit where you live or Camp Franciscan. Call Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632.
To register for one of the above offerings, click here. To download a flyer, click here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What's the Most Helpful about a Silent Vocation Discernment Retreat?

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer Silent Vocation Discernment Retreats. Wonder how young women are touched by such encounters with the Lord or how helpful they really are? Here are some responses from recent retreatants representing 4 states. All are 20 something.

What touched your heart during the retreat?
  • I was especially touched when meditating on one of the Rules of St. Ignatius while in the chapel. The talks were very informative.
  • All of Sister's personal stories to help us understand the teachings of Ignatius and how to discern.
  • I've struggled knowing when it's from God or the devil. So this really helped me and will continue to help me in my daily life.
  • I was touched by different ways to be aware of recognizing the voice of God and the voice of evil.
  • Seeing so many Sisters coming to prayer and Mass and knowing they've been praying for us-very welcoming community and joyful!
  • Being able to have quiet time to reflect on what God wants me to hear/know was helpful.

What part of the retreat was the most helpful?
  • The most helpful part was all the silent time to pray.
  • Silence! Being able to spend over an hour at a time anywhere on the grounds of the convent to pray, meditate, discern and read.
  • Listening to Sister Jacqueline's explanation of the rules really helped me Father would tell me to discern, but would never really tell me how
  • Talks from Sister Jacqueline and then being able to immediately go and pray over them with the guide was helpful. God revealed a lot to me during prayer time that I wasn't even thinking about before, but are important for me in my discernment.
  • Spiritual direction was also helpful, because I often have a hard time voicing what I'm going through and admitting that I don't know where to go next.
  • I found the lessons on the rules of discernment and God's will helpful and useful for when I leave and continue my discernment.
For more information on Franciscan discernment possibilities, click here.