Although 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 reflection 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 God 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.”