About 35 single, Catholic women accepted an invitation on March 23, 2010 from Bishop David Ricken for Eucharist, a simple meal and casual conversation on the topic of religious life. Diocese of Green Bay’s Vocation Director Father Tom Long facilitated the evening while women religious including the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity witnessed and answered questions.
The Franciscan Sisters offered transportation to students from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Roncalli High School and UW Green Bay. Here are their responses to two questions on the return ride home:
What did you learn?
- pattern of the call is familiar. God never tires of coming back to invite
- realization of the different ways of following God- living out a consecration
- God is not going to call me into something I can’t do. He wants our happiness.
- Realization that Sisters can be nurses
- Importance of staying in communication/contact with families
- Process of formation
- All said they had a void or emptiness when discerning.
- There are Sisters in pink.
What was helpful about the evening?
- Hearing the Sisters stories
- Relaxed, prayerful setting
- Knowing/learning that God calls everyone in a different way
- Starting with Mass
- People coming from different backgrounds
- Sisters from different orders