“What joy it is to have such good sisters!” (Mother Francis Bachmann–Foundress)
We share a little from the Sisters of St. Francis about what it means to be a sister.
YOU ARE PART OF SOMETHING GREATER THAN YOURSELF! – “Over the years I’ve been in many cities where I’ve always found a ‘home’ among the sisters. I was welcomed with the real gift of Franciscan hospitality, living together as if I’d always known them.”
YOU PLACE A HIGH VALUE ON YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE – long for a deeper meaning in life and are devoted to prayer and service to others. – “Jesus is an ever-present guiding force in my life. But when prayer is difficult, or time for personal prayer needs to be shortened, I can depend on and feel the strength of my sisters who are at prayer.”
YOU CONSIDER LOVE AND SERVICE AS ONE—AND LIVE A LIFE OF LOVING SERVICE. You are determined to make a difference in the world and your ministry reflects and upholds the values of the gospel and your Franciscan spirituality. – “One Thanksgiving our house of three decided to invite several senior citizens who were living alone to share our Thanksgiving dinner. The opportunity to ‘be a family’ for them became an experience that was repeated several times throughout the year.”
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YOU PARTICIPATE IN SHARED DECISION-MAKING. Live a life of commitment in dialogue with others while experiencing a collaborative model of governance—a concept truly contemporary, feminine, and Franciscan. – “Through our present governing process, I feel more responsible for the larger sense of community. The experience provides an opportunity for gathering and sharing with sisters who previously I may not have known.”
SEEKING THE WAY?
When exploring life choices, ask questions—important questions—that can help you make a decision and understand how a particular vocation will affect you. – “The heart of a sister’s life is intimacy with God, service to God’s people, and care for God’s universe. This relationship is lived in community and expressed in a gospel way of life.”
With their prayer, example, and other unique qualities, grandparents often hold a position of loving influence with their grandchildren.
Prayer for Vocations (click here and then scroll to bottom for vocation prayer)