Ponder Franciscan Discernment Retreat: Mary said ‘Yes’

by Sister Julie Ann on May 22, 2011

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 at Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity May Discernment Retreat May 20-22, 2011.

Young women experienced a Marian Vocation Retreat with 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 Novices 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.

7 thoughts on “Ponder Franciscan Discernment Retreat: Mary said ‘Yes’”

  1. Marilyn says:

    I got more familiar with the Sisters' lives. I got more comfortable with being able to fully accept what God wants for me. Even if I am unsure of my future, He does know.  And I learned to accept that and be at peace with Him.

  2. Regina says:

    I appreciated the care + special attention of Sister Mary Ann + Sister Julie Ann. It's selfish but wonderful to have them all to ourselves.

  3. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    Thanks for the posting and comments. My prayers were with you the entire weekend. Be assured of God's desire for your happiness wherever that may be.

  4. R. says:

    I appreciated the care + special attention of Sister Mary Ann + Sister Julie Ann. It's selfish, but wonderful to have them all to ourselves.

  5. The young women that attended this retreat are an inspiration! Their openness to the Holy Spirit, their desire to grow closer to God, their love and reverence for Mary, Our Blessed Mother, their sense of humor, and their simplicity were wonderful gifts they shared with us!

  6. Sister Mary Beth Kornely says:

    One of my all time favorite scripture passages is Jeremiah 29:11  11 I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.”   As a young sister I would wonder what those plans were – now with amazement and gratitude I continue to watch how each day unfolds. I know from experience that no matter what is in front of me, it is filled with God's peace and hope if Iput my trust in the Lord.

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