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Sister Amy's 6 Word Story of Hope
How are you discovering, building, learning ... discerning?
Reflection 14: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
What bold journey am I ready to begin?
Reflection 13: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
Who or what in my life has wisdom to share?
Reflection 12: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
Do I have unanswered questions that God can guide me through?
Reflection 11: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
If I could talk to anyone on Earth, who would it be?
Reflection 10: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
What visions do I have of my future?
Reflection 9: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
If I had unlimited time, how would I spend it?
Reflection 8: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
How can I experience my deepest joy?
Reflection 7: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
What am I allowing to stop me from pursuing my dreams?
Reflection 6: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
How am I serving my community?
Reflection 5: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
If I could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Reflection 4: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
How are my values reflected in the choices I make?
Reflection 3: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
What needs around me can I fulfill?
Reflection 2: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
What if I chose to live with others who also want to make a difference?
Reflection 1: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
What if I chose to work for the good of others?
Discerning from both sides of the river bank
Advent in action: are you recognizing division in your life?
Sister Janet to discerners: 'Say yes. You won't be sorry.'
"There was fun, excitement and challenge in all of it."
Step boldy into vocation with Sister Laura! [video]
Are you discerning and wondering "How will I navigate my changing role as a daughter?"
Step boldy into vocation: meet Sister Kristin!
Meet Sister Kristin along the #2019MeetOurSisters Tour route today!
Step boldly into vocation: Giving Voice
Are you called to add your voice to the vocation conversation?
Step boldy into vocation with Sister Dawn! [video]
Sister Dawn, nurturing relationships and National Vocation Awareness Week!
Sister Joan to discerners: 'Religious life can be fulfilling and complete.'
"... exciting to see what ministry has offered me."
Sister Rita Mae to discerners: talk, explore, pray
"I had several strong influences to inspire me."
Celebrating discernment, diversity, family and Francis
"Francis would be happy" for the "diversity of the Franciscan family."
Listening, exploring and discerning like Francis
"No matter where discernment takes you, carry today's Gospel acclamation as you journey forth ..."
Sister Linda to discerners: 'I thank God every day for my vocation.'
"I just knew since second grade," shares Sister Linda about her discernment.
The celebration continues! [video]
Honoring discernment, ministry and perpetual adoration
Sister Donna to discerners: "Get out there. Try something adventurous."
“I still choose to live it every day.”
Sharing wisdom with women discerning religious life ...
“It just seemed to be my way,” says Sister Lorraine.
Sister Rosile: "Kindness attracted me to FSPA."
Sister Rosile's advice to discerners: “Trust in God — you will be making the right choice.”
Sister Beth: "Pay attention to your dreams and desires."
"I love companioning people as they live into the fullness of God's invitation for their life."
There's more to Sister Laura's discernment story ... [video]
Sharing support — like she received in vocations — with future Franciscan leaders.
How do I navigate my changing role as daughter? Meet Sister Laura. [video]
In Sister Laura’s Show me a sign video, she discusses how she navigates her changing role as daughter.
Sister Celesta: "What more could I ask?"
"The most exciting realization ... is that I'm not finished!"
Lives that sparkle among us [Video]
Celebrating the selfless giving of FSPA jubilarians!
Rejoice in love and resurrection
Celebrating eternal goodness of God's love and Christ's resurrection this Easter Sunday.
Discerning action, new adventure in Lent and religious life
What adventure God is offering for you to consider?
There's more to Sister Jacinta's discernment story
From discernment to ministry, Sister Jacinta inspires: "You've given me something to think about."
Will I stay in contact with my family? Meet Sister Jacinta. [Video]
In Sister Jacinta’s Show me a sign video, she discusses the common religious life discernment question, “Will I stay in contact with my family?”
There's more to Sister Dawn's discernment story
"Tapping into wisdom and knowledge ... as we all walk together to make a difference in the world."
How will religious life affect my relationships? Meet Sister Dawn. [Video]
Sister Dawn, in this Show me a sign video, discusses the common religious life discernment question: How will religious life affect my relationships?
Discerning our love in the world ... today
How could religious life call you to be a person of love in the world?
There's more to Sister Sarah's discernment story ... [video]
"You can't say yes to religious life until you can say no to it. It must be a free choice."
What if my family isnâ€™t Catholic? Meet Sister Sarah. [Video]
In Sister Sarah’s Show me a sign video, she and her parents discuss the common religious life discernment question, “What if my family isn’t Catholic?”
Images of discernment: what's missing?
Are you the lost link in strengthening service to those in need?
Merry, joyful and bright
Let's celebrate all the gifts in our hearts ... including discernment of religious life.
Discernment and Advent: is your heart ready for the celebration?
Hope is there like a long, invisible chain, linking the moments until the celebration can begin.
Discernment and Advent: called to new life
How has God been with you ... every step of the way?
Discernment and Advent: what are you preparing for?
How will we make the time to give our attention to prayer, not only during the season of Advent but throughout the whole year?
There's more to Sister Lucy's discernment story ...
"Being a part of community has clearly amplified what I can do with my life in ways that I could never do as a single Catholic woman."
Premiere: What if my family doesnâ€™t agree with my choice? [Video]
In our premiere video, watch Sister Lucy and her sister Eileen talk about the sibling relationship during discernment and after profession of vows.
Clearing hurdles with vocation discerners
"Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment" and FSPA give voice to 'counter-cultural choices.'
What will you bring to the feast today [and every day]?
Reach out to our brothers and sisters -- do what is yours to do -- through prayer, in ministry.
A new career in religious life?
Ask any Catholic sister: a "yes" to religious life can open more doors than ever imagined.
Honoring service, goodness
Reflecting and renewing as revolutionaries of goodness on Labor Day.
Mary, Clare, a novice and an associate: discerning pathways to God
Where do these pioneers, blazing their own paths to religious life, inspire you to go?
Sounding the bell for 140 years of 24/7 prayer [video]
FSPA celebrates the ministry, since Aug. 1, 1978, of perpetual adoration to the world.
Discerning wisdom in words
Are you carrying and comprehending security, delight and love through the doors to religious life?
Empowering peace this Fourth of July
Let us light up the sky with bold goodness of prayer ...
Discerning Religious Life? Consider the power of a good questionâ€¦
We learn by asking questions…lots and lots of questions.
When someone wants to learn more about membership with our congregation, we receive and answer some common questions time and again. And, to help answer those, we've created a reflection guide (learn more and reserve your copy!) ...
Finding God at the wheel with Sister Laurice
"... each new shape of clay," shares Sister Amy about her time with Sister Laurice at the potter's wheel, "mirrored my own transformation as a religious sister."
Stepping into bright futures
Sister Amy celebrates "... all the ways that God has brought you to this milestone in your life."
Called to the right now of the journey
Discernment: "... when a walk becomes a gateway to prayer that soothes our souls."
Sister Sandra celebrates, contemplates religious life in jubilee
"... living religious life is a journey," shares Sister Sandra, who learned in ministry that "miracles happen."
Sister Cormarie celebrates, contemplates religious life in jubilee
"In my heart," shares Sister Cormarie, "my vows were final the first time I spoke them."
FSPA reflects upon World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Praying for religious life on April 22: who will you invite to the conversation?
Sister Marla celebrates, contemplates religious life in jubilee
Tending to discernment requires prayer, guidance, openness ... risking the goodness when found.
Filling our hearts this Easter season
Let us celebrate Jesus and the joyfulness of his resurrection.
FSPA at RE Congress 2018 ... Rise Up!
Sisters Amy and Kathy reached out to hundreds of people with "Discernment of signs along the way: your story of service in the Catholic Church" at the recent Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.
What inspires Sister Sue about religious life today?
"The time is blooming with opportunity, and craving what we have to offer."
What inspires Sister Janet about about religious life today?
"The trust lay people put in me with their personal lives."
These are our own Meribah moments
How can the invitation to discern help you develop your own heart of flesh?
Temptation and transformation in the desert
God guides us to explore the depths of vocational discernment even in the most dreaded circumstances, with us as we confront the temptations that threaten our fidelity to live in communion with God.
Hearts and ashes
When desire to be of service is present, are we ready to love like Christ?
Turn your back or open your arms to discernment?
Will we live with eyes wide open or avert our glance, ignoring our brothers and sisters in need?
Discovery in discernment: breakthroughs of mind and heart
Like a scientific finding, discernment starts with a question.
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all the joy and inspiration of discernnment in 2018 and a lifetime to come.
Discipline and commitment in our hearts: not just in Lent but Advent and discernment too.
Journey of Advent
How is your discernment part of the pilgrimage experience? Are you willing to enter the passage?
A transformative moment
In discernment, abundance is recognizing that God provides more than we could ever consume.
What did you say?
From novice to the common good: the language of discerning religious life.
Discernment: clothed in your own uniqueness
Call to mind the boldness of wearing orange when the world encourages you to blend in.
Action vs. contemplation in discernment?
Active vs. contemplative discernment: visiting communities and meeting sisters equally essential as praying for wisdom and direction.
Discerning, igniting a revolution of peace
What would happen if we woke up and fostered peace and positivity instead of hate and greed?
Intuition: an essential tool for home improvement and discernment
There may not be assembly instructions for completing the perfect household project or the future, discernment included.
Tuning in to God, discernment
Sister Amy, in her own discernment, found that "Each community carried individual tones and music of life."
Crisis reveals goodness
Walking together — through life changers like discernment — takes courage and conviction but also generates power to shape the future.
Imagination inspires vision in discernment
Discernment: imagining yourself in new climates, cultures an invitation from God.
Viewing relationships in a discernment eclipse
What happens when parents, friends experience their own moments of obscurity in your discernment?
New horizons ahead
What would happen if you contacted the community whose website is open in your browser?
Obituaries and celebrating St. Clare
Your obituary: will it speak to your courage, service, voice, gifts?
Sister Amy: grateful for the ways I'm inspired to pray
The Holy Spirit is really good at getting my attention, inviting me to contemplation.
Prayer anniversary sparks compassion
As each bell chimed, my vision of the world widened; I've prayed for people around the globe.
"Yes" to God's invitation
Witness what it means to walk the Gospel-centered journey of life as a religious sister.
Where are we going?
Road of discernment: your gifts and talents may be precious fuel for propelling us into the future.
What if it's you?
The circle of discernment: even wider when you consider that the whole Catholic church is praying for you.
Unpredictability, overwhelming beauty coexist
Discernment: soaking up spring storms and the greening world around us.
Mantle of grief
Easter alleluias always come: God will not abandon you on your discernment journey.
A promise to build a new life upon
By choosing to distract ourselves from listening—particularly when we are called to rise to the potential already within us—we can hide from God.
Commitment doesn't emerge overnight
Are you ready to allow God--not a stagnant statue of your own creation--to be the form you follow?
Mary and our "Yes" to mystery
When we say "Yes" to vocation we—like Mary—must walk the road, learning as we go, trusting God is always there.
Grumbling through the desert of discernment
Traveling through your own Egypt experience for the cool waters of friendship, understanding and companionship in discernment.
Kindness: we are all called to be Esther
On the Lenten road of kindness and spiritual growth, Esther is a model for discerners.
Freezing and thawing: potholes surfacing in discernment
Jesus showed us how to navigate potholes in discernment.
Sharing courage to walk in darkness and light
Does love want others to lose in order for someone to win?
Service Saturday: mutuality at its core
Service and discernment: are you open to the idea that God co-creates with you the future?
Sister Betty's Six Word Story
In six words Sister Betty shares her invitation to adoration, community, and perpetual emergence of artistry.
Sister Romana's Six Word Story
Family, adoration, summoning, divinity, Catholicism: all aligned for Sister Romana in her Six Word Story.
Resolutions and reflection in discernment
Trust—on the days you feel like you aren't measuring up to your discernment resolutions—in the power of prayer.
Sister Rosalia's Six Word Story
Her presence was requested in a precise moment of extraordinary awe: Sister Rosalia's Six Word Story.
Sister Margaret's Six Word Story
Seeking, quarreling, wavering, adoring and replying: Sister Margaret does so in her Six Word Story.
Sister Rochelle's Six Word Story
Sister Rochelle’s Six Word Story: beckoned by identity, captured by community.
Advent light and joy: the vocation that may shine from deep inside you
The searing questions we hear on the lips of Jesus are held in tension with this sense of Advent joy.
Sister Marian's Six Word Story
With tingling soul and soothing inspiration, Sister Marian finds profound serenity in her Six Word Story.
The hope and conversion in Christmas
The clear invitation of the Advent season: amidst the work make way for hope in our hearts, hope in discernment.
Sister Jean's Six Word Story
Adoration? Sister Jean is drawn to it's magnificence, exuberance, in her Six Word Story.
Awake and ready in discernment?
Discernment: How you wait is just as important as the waiting.
Sister Rita Mae's Six Word Story
Moved by adoration Sister Rita Mae’s spirit, in her Six Word Story, resonates in response.
Sister Arlene's Six Word Story
Sought by God who exhilarates her spirit: Sister Arlene's Six Word Story.
Thankfulness, flaming rolls and the illusion of perfection
Leaving your illusions at the door: who you are and why God calls you to discern religious life.
Sister Ronalda's Six Word Story
Sister Ronalda reflects upon distressful origin, remarkable mission and unseasonable ending in her Six Word Story.
Sister Marguerite's Six Word Story
Sister Marguerite recalls--in her Six Word Story--discerning, contemplating, committing, and answering "Yes" to God.
Sister Jolyce's Six Word Story
First she heard, then replied and is—forever—grateful: Sister Jolyce's Six Word Story.
Sister Mary's Six Word Story
In her Six Word Story Sister Mary hears murmurs of discernment: "It's time to move."
Trying on your metaphorical lenses
Religious discernment: scrutinizing, eliminating and finding the right fit.
Sister Donna's Six Word Story
In Sister Donna's Six Word Story she recalls seeking, her youthful heart aflame, the sound of God’s invitation.
Surrendering to the task at hand
Have you invited God into the task you're putting off?
Sister Mary Ann's Six Word Story
When was she invited to discern? How does she express her experience ever since? Find out in Sister Mary Ann's Six Word Story.
Sister Antona's Six Word Story
With consciousness and confidence captured, shares Sister Antona in her Six Word Story, discerners cross the threshold.
Journaling by hand or tweeting by phone: are you documenting your discernment?
Sister Therese's Six Word Story
She heard, set out and continues to quest: Sister Therese's Six Word Story of discernment.
Sister Maris' Six Word Story
In her Six Word Story, Sister Maris clears her conscious, heeds her spirit.
Carrying the wounds of the cross
How is your life marked--celebrated--as a discerning follower of Jesus?
Sister Juanita's Six Word Story
Serving, living, loving: Sister Juanita's Six Word Story speaks of true Gospel devotion.
Earthquakes: when ground is no longer solid
Discerning through the dust of spiritual earthquakes: a readiness and responsiveness to what becomes unearthed.
Sister Margaret's Six Word Story
In Sister Margaret's discernment story--in six words all her own--she recalls how loved ones adored, adoration beckoned and FSPA replied.
Sister Eileen's Six Word Story
Pursuing testament Sister Eileen, as she shares in her Six Word Story, discerned life as a woman religious.
Praying through the storms of the heart
Are external sources determining your interior disposition in discernment?
Sister Mary's Six Word Story
Called early on, questioned as she grew, Sister Mary Bates found joyful culmination in her Six Word Story.
St. Clare of Assisi: model, mentor, friend
What if, like St. Clare, you lived your life steeped in prayer?
Sister Helen's Six Word Story
Sister Helen, in her Six Word Story, conveys true, inclusive elation.
Blisters, discipline, perseverance and joy
Olympics and religious discernment: to win not a gold medal but a relationship with God, you don't have to be a skilled athlete of prayer.
Sister Dorothy's Six Word Story
In her Six Word Story of discernment Sister Dorothy was grasped, guided into ministry.
Doorways to celebration
Crossing 800 and 138-year-old thresholds to love, acceptance and forgiveness.
Sister Fran's Six Word Story
Finally--YES--God beckoned and beamed in Sister Fran's Six Word Story.
Grilling, chilling and discernment
Are you nurturing the coals and fanning the flames of discernment?
Sister Helen's Six Word Story
The phone rings for Sister Helen in her Six Word Story. Does she accept the call ... the request ... the reward?
Peace in the midst of unrest
Discerning in a hurting world: when our faith asks us, in difficult times, to look again.
Sister Eileen's Six Word Story
Living is vast, more immense, in Sister Eileen's Six Word Story.
Jesus under wraps
Would your life be different if Jesus and your relationship and your beliefs were unwrapped?
Sister Joyce's Six Word Story
Sensing ascension in your life? In her Show Me a Sign Six Word Story Sister Joyce asks you, invites you. Yes ... you!
Stop. Look up.
Allow beauty to seep into your soul ... reflect on things bigger than ourselves.
Sister Malinda's Six Word Story
What is Sister Malinda enfolding, imparting and adoring in her Six Word Story?
Franciscan family reunions
Are you called to join a family of Franciscans working in service of the Gospel?
Sister Gertrude's Six Word Story
She arrived, witnessed and remained: Sister Gertrude's Six Word Story.
Sister Esther's Six Word Story
Invitation, abundance and grace embrace Sister Esther in her Six Word Story.
A jubilant life
The jubilee of your life: is discernment leading you to enjoy it rather than endure it?
Sister Clarone Brill's Six Word Story
Sister Clarone was beckoned from profound depth. Did she accept? Her Six Word Story tells us.
Sister Lisa's Six Word Story
Sister Lisa, in her Six Words Story, reveals the powerful propellant of her discernment.
Listening with a discerning ear
Sometimes we have to wait in a state of contemplative silence to really know what to do next ...
Sister Nancy Lafferty's Six Word Story
Sister Nancy, in her Six Word Story, celebrates Franciscan academia of almost six decades!
The chronos and kairos of our lives
How does your calendar tell the story of chronos and kairos in your life?
Sister Karen Neuser's Six Word Story
In no more than six words Sister Karen ensues guidance. Where is she going? Find out in her Six Word Story.
How are you dealing with the storms of life that can be part of discernment?
Sister Mildred's Six Word Story
What word does Sister Mildred say through ministry every day? Find out in her Show me a sign Six Word Story.
Seeing discernent from new heights
Ask yourself: are you seeing discernment from new heights? A different point of view?
Sister Kathy's Six Word Story
Sister Kathy's Show me a sign Six Word Story: from rooted beginnings, shadowed and bright, sprout nourishing presence, dazzling light.
On the road of discernment?
When I am discerning I’m not always sure where I’m going, and often times someone else is driving. That someone else may be God ...
Sister Amy's Six Word Story
A six word discernment story as prepared by Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.