Come to Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat

by Postulant Leslie Gonia on October 31, 2010

Leslie Hammond Gonia, a Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulant, invites you to a Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat Nov. 12-14, 2010 in Manitowoc, WI. Consider Feb. 25-27 or May 20-22, 2011.

A weekend is two days or two-and-a-half if you count Friday evening. Often, in this fast paced world, our weekends go by quickly and we might not even remember what we did. However, a well-spent weekend might leave us feeling fulfilled.

A weekend spent on a Vocation Discernment Retreat with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (click on link to register on-line) is almost guaranteed to be a fulfilling weekend, and it is a guarantee that a weekend spent on a retreat with these Franciscan Sisters will not go by unnoticed.

Franciscan Discernment RetreatEach retreat has a different focus. As a result each retreat provides different spiritual gifts. Discernment retreats with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity provide opportunities to receive the sacraments, pray, enjoy bonfires, hike, share with other young woman, with the Sisters, and spend time with young women in religious formation. I also feel that the retreats are very peaceful and a wonderful time to step away from “normal life”. We need to take some time to breathe and to let the Holy Spirit work in our lives in whatever way He chooses.

Young women reflect on their vocations.As a postulant, I feel that I got to know the community before I entered it through the discernment retreats. Through the retreats I came to know that the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity truly strive to live the Gospel in their daily lives. I also learned that they care deeply for the natural world that God has provided for us.

They are especially connected to Silver Lake, which is located in their back yard, and to the east, Lake Michigan which is an important resource for Wisconsin.

Lake Michigan becomes Discernment Place

The more retreats I came to the more I learned about the personality of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and the more I realized how well my own personality fit in. Come for a weekend and let the Lord love you.    

-Leslie Hammond Gonia, Postulant with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (Website:

3 thoughts on “Come to Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat”

  1. Rose says:

    Beautifull written, Leslie! And I agree! It's a really wonderful and easy time to get to know the sisters one on one and that makes all the difference in the world!

  2. Thanks for sharing how these retreats were of help for you Leslie as you discerned! You are a blessing to us!

  3. srsharon says:

    Leslie, thank you for sharing your experiences on the Discernment or Retreat Weekends. As you say, the body as well as the spirit and heart need to be fed and nourished. Keep up your good works and hello to all and you are being remembered in prayer from afar: West Point, NE and trust you do the same. By the way, our CC Girls were able to go to State volleyball on a wildcard and did win yesterday. We play at 2 today to a powerhouse: Exeter-Milligan. The Boys play football Monday nite to an undefeated neighbor: Bancroft. Our Community Theater performs again this weekend in town so may take a few residents. We'll see. God's choicest blessings!

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