Vocation Retreat Notes: Mary Said 'Yes'

Talk about a vocation retreat that was Holy Spirit-tailored. Young women from Wisconsin and Arizona turned to Mary, the Mother of God, in grace-filled openness to the mystery of God in their lives with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

As Mary said ‘Yes’ to God, so  retreatants said ‘Yes’ to ponder their life’s call through a pilgrimage of reflective happenings. Vocation Team Sister Mary Ann Spanjers and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan were joined by Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel and Sister Monica Martin on the road.
Here’s a brief listing of what happened:
  • Friday night bonfire and candlelight procession to outside Lourdes Grotto
  • prayer opportunities in various settings of our Motherhouse focused on the Blessed Mother
  • visit to beginnings of our Franciscan Community in Clarks Mills, WI
  • visit to St. Peter the Fisherman, Two Rivers, WI to contemplate a Marian stained glass window
Some other awesome events:
In a prepared booklet that included Scripture reflections, this quote from Pope Benedict XVI expresses the joy-filled spirit of the retreatants at the close of the retreat:
“Thanks to her [Mary], we discover that the Christian faith is not a burden: it is like a wing which enables us to fly higher, so as to take refuge in God’s embrace…in Mary, the Church can already contemplate what she is called to become. Every believer can contemplate, here and now, the perfect fufillment of his or her own vocation.”
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Anonymous said…
I appreciated the care and special attention of Sister Mary Ann and Sister Julie Ann. It's selfish, but wonderful to have them all to ourselves.
Anonymous said…
One on one time with the Sisters and with God in His habitat were especially appreciated.
Anonymous said…
I got more familiar with the Sisters' lives. I got more comfortable with being able to fully accept what God wants for me.
Anonymous said…
Even if I am unsure of my future, God knows what it will be and I learned to accept that and be at peace with Him.
Anonymous said…
Liked how we were presented at the temple like Mary was. The pilgrimage was also appreciated.