How Often May I See Family

by Sister Julie Ann on February 20, 2010

Being retro is really a lifetime movement when it comes to family. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are not alone in needing quality time of just hanging out with parents, grandparents, sibblings, and other relatives. So just how often can a young woman expect to see family in the process of becoming a Sister?

Here are some short, simple responses. Feel free to ask for further clarification.

During the first year of becoming a Sister (called postulancy), you can expect to ‘hang out at home’ with family at Christmas time and for a couple of weeks in May. Your family may choose one day each semester which is most convenient for them to visit you at the Motherhouse. When families come from a distance, they are welcome to use our guest houses that are on our Motherhouse property for overnight accommodations.

peasel2.jpgThe novitiate (a time of learning to be a woman religious with an intense study of the vowed life) extends over a period of two years beginning for us on the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, June 13. As a novice you may visit your family home once a year. You also invite family to see you at the Motherhouse twice during the year. The Community’s Novice Directress assists in setting these dates.

img_0195.JPGAs a professed Franciscan Sister, we may enjoy a two-week annual visit with our family and relatives. The times may be broken up to allow several visits each year or attendance at some special family event, providing the traveling distance is reasonable.

Any further question or comment?

3 thoughts on “How Often May I See Family”

  1. Kara Martin says:

    This time last year, I wasn’t intending to enter the convent. I was looking for teaching jobs. As a lot of people in the US are aware, my home state of Michigan wasn’t and still isn’t doing very well economically. It has been in a recession for several years, long before the US was in a recession, recently it was announced that it had entered a great recession. Many people (including school-aged children) were fleeing the state of Michigan, making the already difficult job market for teachers appear as if jobs were unattainable.

    As a result, the teaching jobs I was looking for were all out-of-state. Whether I joined the convent on the other side of Lake Michigan, or I moved to Texas on the other side of the country, I would be away from my family. While at the convent, I have been able to communicate with my family in more ways than I probably would have otherwise, and my relationships with them have been closer than before.

  2. Thanks for responding with your own new found knowledge on this topic, Kara. Family for most people is an important element in living life with resilience–“in other words, the ability to meet, learn from, and not be crushed by the challenges and stresses of life.” (Robert Wicks)As Franciscans, we are forever grateful for our families. And our families are forever a part of our individual and communal lives.

  3. Sister Rosangela says:

    Family is and always will be important. As time goes by and the longer you are living in Community, you begin to realize you have a family of Sisters who love you and are concerned about you. I think it is part of the 100 fold blessing the Lord has promised us.

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