Franciscan Sisters’ Vocation Prayer Day

by Sister Julie Ann on June 25, 2008

img_4316_0881-copy.jpgAlthough the Franciscan Sisters pray for all those answering the call to marriage, priesthood, the single life and the consecrated life every day, today, June 25, 2008, is designated as a special community day of prayer for young women contemplating the call to be Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

This over twenty year old Motherhouse tradition  is typically celebrated in the summer time and includes Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. This year the Franciscan Sisters will be praying the Office of Holy Women for Morning and Evening Prayer. Prayer aids for individual personal img_4318_0883.jpgreflection include some quotes from Franciscan women religious: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Clare of Assisi, Mother Edna Ryan, OSF and Sister Henrielda Cloutier, OSF.

Sister Henrielda  also initiated the practice of setting aside the the third Saturday of each month as a special day of prayer for vocations in September 1971. She is remembered for writing: “‘Christian sisterhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is a reality created by img_4322_0887.jpgGod in Jesus Christ in which we participate.’ Recognizing that the center and strength of our religious life rests in Jesus Christ we are grateful for this gift. We live together as a sign of hope and we do together what we cannot do alone.”

Consider this retreat opportunity.

5 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters’ Vocation Prayer Day”

  1. I am happy to have seen this posted. Know that I join the Motherhouse community in prayer today for young women contemplating the call to our Community. I would tell any young woman, “Come and see, visit us and give Jesus a chance to captivate your heart”.

  2. Sister Anne Marie, your welcoming comment is a Sisterly invitation to any woman in love with God and open to our Franciscan life. You might appreciate this reflection that appears on a prayer aid for the Sisters here at the Motherhouse just for today. It also speaks to the realism (and the humor) that is needed in living our life: “Conscious that we are living tabernacles, let’s take the positive approach and answer, ‘Yes, Lord,’ even when He asks what seems physically impossible to us. All things are possible with God. If you let Him, He can make a square peg like you fit into a round halo.” Mother Edna wrote this comment February 19, 1956.

  3. Sr. Colette says:

    God bless all those participating in our day of prayer. May God reward each of us with a greater awareness of His love. Peace to all.

  4. “We Give You Thanks and Praise” resounded in our Motherhouse chapel during Vespers this evening as we responded in chant to Sister Myra Jean who led the litany:

    “For Mary, Mother of Jesus, who heard the call of God and answered…”

    “For St.Clare who showed us how to look into the mirror of eternity…”

    “For our Sisters who have gone before us living examples of faith and love…”

    “For the members of this Community of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity…”

    “For the young women called to join us as we walk in the footprints of St. Francis…”


  5. As a guest for Evening Praise at the Motherhouse last evening I was very moved by the concluding prayer of this day. The prayer was focused, inclusive, and left no doubt that we are securely in the hands of God who has called us to this life — and surely invites others to join us. Along with Him, we will welcome you!

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