|We invite you to come and walk with us on this Franciscan journey. If you feel God is calling you to build up His kingdom as a Franciscan sister, contact us and we will accompany you as you discern His plan for you.
Each of us has a life dream, which helps us answer the question: "What shall I do with my life?" We may believe that this dream emerges as a concrete vision until we witness life's transforming obstacles. Times of change and turmoil often provide fertile ground for understanding and evaluating the interpretation of our dream. How do I get in touch with that dream? Our Seraphic Father, St. Francis was certain he wanted to become a warrior-knight. When physical illness made it nearly impossible for him to consider continuing in that pursuit, God inspired him in a dream to return home, where he would discover his true vocation. So Francis returned home, and began fervently praying for God's guidance through the Holy Spirit, and eventually, the Lord revealed St. Francis' true vocation to him. Saint Francis's discovery of Christ over 800 years ago, marked the beginning of one of the greatest love stories of all time.
At Baptism, we become part of a way of life called Christian. Christians don't simply "choose" what they want to do with their lives. We are called to listen to the "still small voice" inside us, so that we can respond to God's call. All Christians have a 'vocation' in life. In baptism each person is called by God to follow Jesus in the way that He lived, loved and prayed. The word 'vocation' comes from the Latin word 'vocare' which means "to call". This call may be lived out indifferent vocations: in marriage, as a single person, or as a priest, brother or sister. There is the same mystery about religious life as there is about falling in love. It is something in our hearts that we cannot explain. As we grow in our Christian identity, we begin to pay attention to God, to the creation, to the people and to wonder how it is that we are called to be responsive, and generous witnesses to the faith we profess. We can not expect God to tap us on the shoulder and say," Come, Be a Sister"!
God's call is often incarnated through the words, example, and support of others. The realization of this call may come at different times in life and in different ways. The call from God can only be heard when you are in tune with God, it's a growing realization that to spend your life as a Sister dedicated to Christ and serving His people is what brings you joy. A religious vocation is a special grace that God gives to certain persons, calling them to a life of the evangelical counsels. God, of course, gives the grace. "You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you" (In. 15: 16). Not everyone will be drawn to Religious Life. If you feel the desire to follow God's invitation to a vocation, a particular ministry, and if you further desire become the person that God has envisioned from the beginning said the LORD.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
O, VIRGIN MARY, Mother of Perpetual Help, you were greatly honored by our Founder, Father Gregory, who had magnified in you the providence and mercy of the Father.
Through his intercession, obtain for us the gift of new and holy vocations, for the continuity of our charism in the Church. Give us the grace to inspire many young people, with the witness of our lives, to follow Your Son Jesus, so that by consecrating themselves to Him, they will give themselves with joy to total service of the Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
*We are a community that accepts delayed vocations.
* An applicant must be at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate and in good physical and mental health.
* An applicant will meet with the Vocation Minister for approximately a year.
* An applicant meets with other Sisters of Saint Francis, sharing their lifestyle.
* Attends get-acquainted activities; retreats, workshops, social gatherings and celebrations with other interested women.
* Continues to live independently; prayerfully considering God's invitation while in dialogue with the sisters.
Sr. Anne James Guerin, F.M.S.C. Vocation Contact
email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart
Mount Saint Francis
250 South Street
Peekskill , NY 10566
Tel: (914) 737-3373