Daily Moments in the Lives of Franciscan Novices

by Sister Julie Ann on May 31, 2011

Curious what Franciscan Novices do all day? Find here candid moments in the daily lives of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Novices who are in the initial stages of becoming consecrated women religious.

Follow specifically Directress Sister Natalie Binversie and Novices Sister Monica Martin, and soon to be professed Sister Pamela Catherine Peasel. Read captions by placing your curser over the images. Expect a lot of spontaniety in capturing these photos. There is just so much to share.

The Novice, in an atmosphere of solitude and recollection, devotes herself to a greater personal response to Christ and to a deeper participation in His life. She studies the Rule, Constitutions and Directory of the Congregation, and learns its nature, purpose, spirituality and history. Through studying and practicing the evangelical counsels, living in community, and gaining helpful experiences according to her need, she becomes more fully acquainted with the essential requirements of her call to religious life and is tested in her resolve and fitness. She gradually prepares for the day when God will consecrate her to Himself within the Congregation. (Constitutions, Chapter VI, 49)

Is there anything we seem to have forgotten?

11 thoughts on “Daily Moments in the Lives of Franciscan Novices”

  1. Such a delight to share our Franciscan life with these young novices deeply in love with the Lord and clearly striving to give themselves to Him through our life of “simplicity firmly built on faith in a loving God; joyful acceptance of poverty; love for the Church; and selfless dedication to the service of others!”

  2. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    I'm eager for even more pictures and wonderful captions. I really appreciate following the novices. This article captures again, for me, that new and fresh approach to religious life. I am energized and enlivened to see the joy, the newness, and the sincerity of our novices. Thank you to them and to those who guide them. You inspire me!

  3. Sannmary says:

    Thanks for the trip through the novitiate. It brings back memories. May it be a joy filled time for all as they journey with the Lord.

  4. Srosangela says:

    Very nice pictures!! It certainly captures all of the events and activities in the life of our Novices. Such happy faces radiating the Joy of Religious life.

  5. Sister Natalie says:

    Thank you for the Novitiate year in review for all of us, especially for Sister Pamela Catherine! She lives this last day in the Novitiate anticipating her Profession of Vows.  The pictures do capture the essence of formation in our Congregation.  They are a reminder that formation has only begun and will continue for the rest of our time on earth.  Along with Sister Pamela Catherine may “we embrace this way of life knowing that it is the way God is giving us to grow in intimacy with Him, in communion with our Sisters, and in service to His Church.”

  6. Sadrianna says:

    What an inspiring and joyful look at the day of a novice.  thanks for sharing.  The novices are very much a part of all of our lives here at the Motherhouse as they share in all aspects of living here. Smiles are great, welcome and seen quite often.

  7. Smaryfrances says:

    Thank you for the remembrances of the Novitiate, Sisters Natalie, Pamela Catherine and Monica!  I am grateful to have been able to spend time with you these past 2 years as a Team Member.  It was a privilege to relive some of my novitiate days of prayer, study and recreation…living our way of life with you.  May God continue to bless you and all you are and do for Him and His people.

  8. Sister Elaine says:

    Thank you, Sisters, for sharing your life with us. Novitiate days were a special time – filled with many blessings. May your love for our Lord deepen day by day as you continue to be formed in His likeness. Keep up the great spirit you bring to all of us. God's blessings upon you.

  9. stheresa schleis says:

    What great picture's i also love the little Chapel in the Noviciat. It makes me want to start all over.
    Thank you for sharing.God Bless you and Peace.

                            Sister Theresa Schleis

  10. Sister Nancy says:

    Thank you! I enjoyed the gallery-walk with the Novices, and I walked gratefully down memory lane remembering my novitiate days. Sister Nancy

  11. Sister Hannah says:

    Thank you, Sisters, for being part of who we are. Looking at your pictures reminds me of how important the “little things” truly are. That, in many ways, is vocation. It is also a grace of the novitiate that you rekindle in us. We live vocation when we follow His small, quiet prompting throughout each day. Thank you for reminding us of that.

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