Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

Modern Lives. Sacred Traditions.


A transformative moment

In discernment, abundance is recognizing that God provides more than we could ever consume.

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."

Discernment: clothed in your own uniqueness

Call to mind the boldness of wearing orange when the world encourages you to blend in.

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.

Discerning, igniting a revolution of peace

What would happen if we woke up and fostered peace and positivity instead of hate and greed?

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. 

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.

Sister Jean: Praying

Movement ... mindfulness ... self ... love ... presence: Sister Jean's Franciscan Way.

Tuning in to God, discernment

Sister Amy, in her own discernment, found that "Each community carried individual tones and music of life."

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."

Imagination inspires vision in discernment

Discernment: imagining yourself in new climates, cultures an invitation from God. 

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.

Viewing relationships in a discernment eclipse

What happens when parents, friends experience their own moments of obscurity in your discernment?

Sister Katie: ordinary day, invitation to pray

Intimacy with God is not separate from day-to-day life.

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 Celesta: Prayer

When the helping hand comes, that's my answer.

Life as a nun today: FSPA can relate

FSPA: living modern lives, sacred traditions.

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.

Let's celebrate 139 years of perpetual adoration!

139 years of perpetual adoration: rejoicing, ringing, reflecting and praying. 

Sister Cormarie's Six Word Mission Story

Feeding and nourishing the physical and the spiritual: Sister Cormarie in her Six Word Mission Story.

Sister Antona's Six Word Mission Story

In her own six words, Sister Antona tells of thrilling times, vast commitment and a giving God.

Sister Fran's Six Word Mission Story

Imparting education, companionship and solace in times of sorrow: Sister Fran's Six Word Mission Story.

Sister Luanne's Six Word Mission Story

In six words Sister Luanne describes religious life as perpetual, full of abundant opportunities and precious gifts.

Sister Betty's Six Word Mission Story

Beckoned and blessed in mutuality, as a teacher, Sister Betty is aligned with God in her Six Word Mission Story.

Sister Marian's Six Word Mission Story

Her spirit united, her being uplifted, Sister Marian beams with God in her Six Word Mission Story.

Sister Helen's Six Word Mission Story

In Sister Helen's Six Word Mission Story, she celebrates spiritual communion with all. 

Happy 4th of July

Today, in honor of our independence, please join us in ...

Sister Ronalda's Six Word Mission Story

Sister Ronalda, in her Six Word Mission Story, speaks to discovering hidden, collective gifts.

Sister Arlene's Six Word Mission Story

In all there is to give to God, says Sister Arlene in her Six Word Mission Story, nothing is impossible.

"Yes" to God's invitation

Witness what it means to walk the Gospel-centered journey of life as a religious sister.

Sister Mary Ann's Six Word Mission Story

In her Six Word Mission Story Sister Mary Ann celebrates her FSPA ministries of child education, elder care.

Community, prayer, gift

Community gathers, grateful for prayers, all is gift!

Sister Mary Ellen's Six Word Mission Story

Non-stop prayer, says Sister Mary Ellen in her Six Word Mission Story, enriches the FSPA and the ways they serve!

Where are we going?

Road of discernment: your gifts and talents may be precious fuel for propelling us into the future.

Sister Joanne's Six Word Mission Story

Kindness—the welcoming modeled by St. Francis of Assisi—is to be shared universally (as does Sister Joanne in her Six Word Mission Story)!

Celebrating religious life renewed, perpetually professed

Sisters Kristin and Laurie celebrate religious vows: rejoice and pray with us!

Sister Margaret's Six Word Mission Story

With familial sustenance, when the invitation arrived, Sister Margaret accepts: her Six Word Mission Story.

Honoring lives lost, praying for world peace

Praying for peace, honoring those who've died to protect it.

Sister Sarah's Six Word Mission Story

Sister Sarah's Six Word Mission Story: she's not leaving any of us behind.

Diamonds in our midst

Commitment to prayer, service polishes their priceless lives.

Sister Malinda's Six Word Mission Story

God invites Sister Malinda to the bountiful table and, in her Six Word Mission Story, she accepts. 

Distraction

What are you finding within the diversion of distraction in discernment?

Sister Juanita's Six Word Mission Story

Unsettled stirring, innermost discord, adoring assent: Sister Juanita’s Six Word Mission Story.

What if it's you?

The circle of discernment: even wider when you consider that the whole Catholic church is praying for you.

Sister Clarone's Six Word Mission Story

Embodying the adoration of God to one and all: Sister Clarone's Six Word Mission Story.

Unpredictability, overwhelming beauty coexist

Discernment: soaking up spring storms and the greening world around us.

Sister Donna's Six Word Mission Story

In adoration, presence and God, says Sister Donna in her Six Word Mission Story, all are transformed.

Mantle of grief

Easter alleluias always come: God will not abandon you on your discernment journey.

Sister Rita's Six Word Mission Story

With ministerial strength, Sister Rita speaks of service to all under God in her Six Word Mission Story.

Walk with compassion

Let us travel together, with love, through Holy Week.

Sister Georgia's Six Word Mission Story

In her Six Word Mission Story Sister Georgia continues to follow the call—with jubilance—to ministry. 

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.

Sister Nancy's Six Word Mission Story

Sister Nancy Lafferty's Six Word Mission Story? Serving more than four decades in post-secondary education ministry.

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?

Sister Mary's Six Word Mission Story

Awe-inspired, her spirit ready and waiting, Sister Mary dives into her Six Word Mission Story of discernment.

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.

Sister Therese's Six Word Mission Story

Body language, says Sister Therese Wolf in her Six Word Mission Story, can speak silently/declare loudly the Gospel.

Grumbling through the desert of discernment

Traveling through your own Egypt experience for the cool waters of friendship, understanding and companionship in discernment.

Sister Karen's Six Word Mission Story

Sister Karen is residing in community, embodying the Gospel devotedly, in her Six Word Mission Story.

Kindness: we are all called to be Esther

On the Lenten road of kindness and spiritual growth, Esther is a model for discerners.

Sister Rosalia's Six Word Mission Story

With abundant breath and intention to pass uninhibitedly Sister Rosalia, as she does in her Six Word Mission Story, rejoices in being.

Sister Mary Myron's Six Word Mission Story

Declaring and sharing it throughout her ministry as a David School teacher: Sister Mary Myron's Six Word Mission Story

Freezing and thawing: potholes surfacing in discernment

Jesus showed us how to navigate potholes in discernment.

Sister Pauline's Six Word Mission Story

Sustenance providing, pastoral care giving, global journeying: Sister Pauline's Six Word Mission Story.

Love beyond measure

Love: it's also what discernment—and religious life—are all about.

Sister Karolyne's Six Word Mission Story

In this week's Six Word Mission Story, Sister Karolyne tells of her ministry of bountiful hospitality in a place of abundant beauty.

Sharing courage to walk in darkness and light

Does love want others to lose in order for someone to win?

Sister Eileen's Six Word Mission Story

Sister Eileen, in her Six Word Mission Story, discerns necessity and means of ministry.

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Will you be part of the next generation of consecrated life?

Sister Esther's Six Word Mission Story

With immediacy, empathy and consciousness, Sister Esther has served this Six Word Mission Story.

Service Saturday: mutuality at its core

Service and discernment: are you open to the idea that God co-creates with you the future?

Sister Amy's Six Word Mission Story

Journeying in the now to beckoning vocation: Sister Amy’s Six Word Mission Story.

Open eyes can change world views

What if your dream is the one the world needs now?

Sister Betty's Six Word Story

In six words Sister Betty shares her invitation to adoration, community, and perpetual emergence of artistry.

Transforming the power of snow

Is it snowing in your world of discernment?

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.

Following the light

Discernment: following the light of daily reflection

Sister Marguerite's Six Word Story

Sister Marguerite recalls--in her Six Word Story--discerning, contemplating, committing, and answering "Yes" to God.

I have no magic words

How long will this take? How will I know?

Sister Jolyce's Six Word Story

First she heard, then replied and is—forever—grateful: Sister Jolyce's Six Word Story.  

Discerning in the face of fear

God recognizes and welcomes us, costumed or not.

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.

 

Following Francis: the margins may be closer than you think

Searching and serving--every day--those on the periphery.

Documenting discernment

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.

Unplugged

Running from silence: when we plug in are we silencing God?

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.

Bridges of peace built with prayer

Are you building bridges in discernment?

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.

Use words when necessary

Words, vows, renewing commitment: what does your life call you to today?

Sister Lisa's Six Word Story

Sister Lisa, in her Six Words Story, reveals the powerful propellant of her discernment.

Trailblazers and touchstones along the path

Who are the trailblazers in your life? Are you willing to go where God leads?

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.

Threshold moments

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 Mary Myron's Six Word Story

A six word discernment story by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. 

Push, pull and go with the flow

Traveling through the waters of discernment

Let's begin with your story ... and a step

Your journey to religious life starts with your story... and a step. 

Finding mystery in the fog

Relying on the now moment to find mystery in the fog.

Sister Amy's Six Word Story

 A six word discernment story as prepared by Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.


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