Sister Pauline's 6 Word Story of Hope
Within quiet and thoughtful expression, Sister Pauline finds hope.
Sister Rita Mae's 6 Word Story of Hope
Sister Rita Mae gets creative with her 6 Word Story of Hope.
Sister Helen's 6 Word Story of Hope
Moments of metamorphosis open us to beautiful newness.
Sister Amy's 6 Word Story of Hope
How are you discovering, building, learning ... discerning?
Let's celebrate Catholic Sisters Week!
All are invited to join, experience and listen with FSPA as we celebrate women religious!
Reflection 14: gaze, consider, contemplate, imitate ... discern [video]
What bold journey am I ready to begin?
Sister Janet to discerners: 'Say yes. You won't be sorry.'
"There was fun, excitement and challenge in all of it."
Sister Maris to discerners: 'Be aware of what feels right.'
"It came to me when I first visited St. Rose ..."
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."
Sister Clarone to discerners: '... listen to your heart.'
‘My delight has been being spirit led to an ever-deepening relationship with God.’
Sister Jolyce: "... my life, my decision."
How a candid conversation led to 60 years of religious life.
The celebration continues! [video]
Honoring discernment, ministry and perpetual adoration
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!"
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?
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?”
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.
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 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!) ...
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."
These are our own Meribah moments
How can the invitation to discern help you develop your own heart of flesh?
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.
Pray as you pray
Silent, spoken, individual, communal, mindful: Sister Clarone reflects on fruitful paths to prayer.
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all the joy and inspiration of discernnment in 2018 and a lifetime to come.
Carry this gift, from your journey through Advent and discernment, always in your spirit.
Sister Ronalda: I need to live and love
Her "heart in the middle of my being" is vital to Sister Ronalda.
Sister Sue: nature is prayer
Creation, says Sister Sue, is a small footprint of God's capacity.
What did you say?
From novice to the common good: the language of discerning religious life.
Sister Antona: comfort, joy and security in prayer
"I thank God daily," says Sister Antona, "for His companionship and love."
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.
Action vs. contemplation in discernment?
Active vs. contemplative discernment: visiting communities and meeting sisters equally essential as praying for wisdom and direction.
Sister Rita Mae: painting as prayer
Sister Rita Mae Fischer finds sanctuary, centering, connection and courage in the heartache of death through painting.
Sister Karolyne: God's sacred creation in morning and evening prayer
Simple and natural and wonderful, the astronomical gifts of all creation call Sister Karolyne twice daily to most profound prayer.
Sister Jean: Praying
Movement ... mindfulness ... self ... love ... presence: Sister Jean's Franciscan Way.
Sister Lucy Ann: expression of my time with Jesus
Poetry as prayer: Sister Lucy Ann is "experiencing deep and profound insights about who I am and how to live more fully into the mysteries of life."
Crisis reveals goodness
Walking together — through life changers like discernment — takes courage and conviction but also generates power to shape the future.
Sister Sharon: Letters to God
"A letter to God," writes Sister Sharon in Franciscan Way, "turned out not to be penance at all."
Sister Georgia: A morning offering
May the warmth of the cup, transferred to my hands, be a reminder of the warmth and love I am to extend to all who I meet today.
Sister Katie: ordinary day, invitation to pray
Intimacy with God is not separate from day-to-day life.
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.
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.
Kindness: we are all called to be Esther
On the Lenten road of kindness and spiritual growth, Esther is a model for discerners.
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
Will you be part of the next generation of consecrated life?
Service Saturday: mutuality at its core
Service and discernment: are you open to the idea that God co-creates with you the future?
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.
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?
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.
Grilling, chilling and discernment
Are you nurturing the coals and fanning the flames of discernment?
Peace in the midst of unrest
Discerning in a hurting world: when our faith asks us, in difficult times, to look again.
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?
Let's begin with your story ... and a step
Your journey to religious life starts with your story... and a step.