What Part of Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat was Most Helpful

by Sister Julie Ann on July 16, 2013

On the vigil of St. Bonaventure, July14, 2013, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity welcomed young women desiring to discern God’s call at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI. This was another Year of Faith event keeping alive Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis’ invitation to renewed conversion and entering into a deeper relationship with Him.  Are you curious as to what was helpful in this particular Vocation Discernment Retreat?

Franciscan-Sisters-welcome-Vocation-Discernment-RetreatantsThe young women answered  this way:

  • The opportunity to talk and have meals with different Sisters.
  • Hearing the discernment stories of other Sisters helps me in my own discernment.
  • Time for personal prayer
  • Reading the Bible
  • Time with Sisters
  • Game time
  • Renewing Baptismal promises

Retreatants also had the opportunity to join some of the Sisters in moments of a  silent retreat. Father Brian Walker, O.P.’s conferences provided additional direction in leading a virtuous life. He incorporated African American spirituals and their place in our society no matter what our background.

2 thoughts on “What Part of Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat was Most Helpful”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    What a blessing for these young women to join with our Sisters in prayer, community life, the Eucharist, sharing discernment stories and discovering more just how much Jesús loves them! Count on my prayers for all young women discerning God’s call in their lives!

  2. When I read the importance of spending time, meals, prayer etc. with the Sisters, I am reminded that “presence” is a sacred ministry and each of us is able to participate in that ministry.
    Thank you for sharing the young women’s statements of what was helpful.

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