Discerning Religious Life? Consider the power of a good question…
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."
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.
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."
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.
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?
It's where I pray
In a chair, near a window, Sister Maris prays and receives stability, change and connection.
Discovery in discernment: breakthroughs of mind and heart
Like a scientific finding, discernment starts with a question.
Sister Anita: the soul searching question
Calling through quiet to her innermost spirit and that of God, and listening "to find the courage and RESPOND" is, for Sister Anita, prayer.
Sister Rita Mae: painting as prayer
Sister Rita Mae Fischer finds sanctuary, centering, connection and courage in the heartache of death through painting.
Discerning, igniting a revolution of peace
What would happen if we woke up and fostered peace and positivity instead of hate and greed?
Tuning in to God, discernment
Sister Amy, in her own discernment, found that "Each community carried individual tones and music of life."
Imagination inspires vision in discernment
Discernment: imagining yourself in new climates, cultures an invitation from God.
New horizons ahead
What would happen if you contacted the community whose website is open in your browser?
Sister Kathy: The cup and the tube
"Good Morning Jesus" -- my soul's connection with the presence of God.
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.
Celebrating religious life renewed, perpetually professed
Sisters Kristin and Laurie celebrate religious vows: rejoice and pray with us!
What if it's you?
The circle of discernment: even wider when you consider that the whole Catholic church is praying for you.
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?
Grumbling through the desert of discernment
Traveling through your own Egypt experience for the cool waters of friendship, understanding and companionship in discernment.
Service Saturday: mutuality at its core
Service and discernment: are you open to the idea that God co-creates with you the future?
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.
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.
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.
Trying on your metaphorical lenses
Religious discernment: scrutinizing, eliminating and finding the right fit.
Following Francis: the margins may be closer than you think
Searching and serving--every day--those on the periphery.
St. Clare of Assisi: model, mentor, friend
What if, like St. Clare, you lived your life steeped in prayer?
Doorways to celebration
Crossing 800 and 138-year-old thresholds to love, acceptance and forgiveness.
Grilling, chilling and discernment
Are you nurturing the coals and fanning the flames of discernment?
Franciscan family reunions
Are you called to join a family of Franciscans working in service of the Gospel?
A jubilant life
The jubilee of your life: is discernment leading you to enjoy it rather than endure it?
Trailblazers and touchstones along the path
Who are the trailblazers in your life? Are you willing to go where God leads?