Reasons Why Clare-Focused Vocation Discernment Retreat Is Appreciated

by Sister Julie Ann on February 19, 2012

Young women ages 25-29 from Canada, Mississippi and Washington D. C. arrived at the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity,  Manitowoc, WI, Feb. 17-19, 2012, for a Vocation Discernment Retreat. Wonder just what the retreatants appreciated about the weekend? Read their responses here:

  • Prayer times
  • St. Francis Chapel
  • candles
  • music ministry at St. Gregory Parish, St. Nazianz, WI
  • supper with the Sisters, Novices and Regina
  • time for prayer and silent reflection and immersion into the beautiful community

St. Clare’s writings and her ‘Call from Jesus in the Eucharist’ were a fitting weekend theme.  This year marks the 800 year anniversary of Clare joining St. Francis of Assisi on the night of Palm Sunday and giving herself totally to God.

On the last evening of the retreat this Clarian blessing was prayed for each retreatant:

Go forth in peace for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for He who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you my God for having created me.

Other aspects of St. Clare’s spirituality will be the focus of another Discernment Retreat on May 18-20, 2012. If you are a young woman ages 18-30, we invite you to click here to register today. If you know a young woman who may be called to be a joyful Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, please share this link with her.

6 thoughts on “Reasons Why Clare-Focused Vocation Discernment Retreat Is Appreciated”

  1. Anne Marie Lom says:

    I was eagerly awaiting this article. I appreciate seeing the faces of those for whom I have been praying all weekend. Looks and sounds like a blessed time. Thank you for sharing this on our community page and on Facebook.

  2. sannette says:

    We here in Mississippi have been focusing our prayers on each one of you the past days as you gathered together for this discernment weekend retreat. How nice to see your faces and some of your activities. May the Lord of Love and Joy continue to journey with you as you seek to know and do His will. God Bless you.

  3. S.Mary Ann says:

    The response of these young women to God’s invitation to open their hearts to listen, to share with each other, with our Sisters, and with God’s people throughout this weekend, was a blessing of joy!

    Their desire was to absorb and live what Francis and Clare teach us; “that to live a Eucharistic life is to respond to God in generosity of love!”

  4. Sara Suchy says:

    What a joy to spend the weekend with all of you!  Thank you for your hospitality your love and most of all, the PRAYERS streaming into our hearts from near and far.  As Jesus makes very clear in the gospel today, the power of prayer can literally change lives. 

  5. Sr. Leclare Beres says:

    Hi Sr. Leslie,
    Your mother just showed me your picture singing and you look so beautiful.  I hope you are well.

    Sr. Leclare Beres

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