Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Meal Conversations Important to Franciscan Life

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity make a habit of eating together enjoying the conversation that erupts from lives shared in common. We foster love and concern for one another by creating an atmosphere of respect, peace, companionship and service. Often our Sisters take turns preparing the meal in smaller communities making meal time a selfless gift of whole-hearted nourishment.

Our Discernment Retreats offer this aspect of daily Franciscan life. Expect meal conversations with Sisters, and look forward to table conversation with those in Initial Formation (novices, postulants) during the weekend.

Postulant Regina writes how important table talk is to her. If you haven't read her letter to each of our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, click here and enjoy.

Friday, October 7, 2011

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.”
Contact us if you would be interested in a discernment retreat