Catholic vocations; Franciscan spirituality; Franciscan sisters; Roman Catholic Religious Congregations of Women




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"God communicates with us in prayer and we experience him through contemplation...."
                                                                                                                                           -Blessed Frances Schervier from her Notes on Prayer.

Coffee and Conversation! Want to learn more about discerning a vocation with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor?  Or, perhaps you would like to learn how you,too, can be a part of our community through our Associate Program. The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor invite you to join us the 3rd Sunday of each month (June - November) at our 10 AM Mass followed by Coffee & Conversation at St. Clare Convent, 60 Compton Rd. What a great opportunity to meet our sisters – especially if you are discerning a religious vocation. Hear about our history and our present ministries. Be a part of our future! No RSVP required. For more information, please contact Ruthy Trusler at 761-9040, ext. 132.

Online Discernment Retreat for Women between the ages of 20 - 40!  Are you wondering if God may be calling you to a religious life? Here is an opportunity to meet five times with a trained spiritual director through emails, Skype or by phone. You will receive materials for your quiet time: prayer, reflections. This guided retreat works around your schedule! For more information or to register, please contact Ruthy Trusler at 761-9040, ext. 132.


Religious Vocations
What exactly is a vocation? A vocation is a calling or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action such as to the religious, married, or single life. Most often when we hear the word vocation we think of a calling to the religious life.

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor are followers of Jesus, and live the Gospel Way of Life by public vows of consecrated celibacy, poverty, and obedience. We live in community just as St. Francis of Assisi and Blessed Frances Schervier have. Each sister brings her special talents and/or occupation that is exemplified in her ministry choices of serving those who are poor and marginalized.

Is God Calling You?
Have you heard God Calling? Will you be able to recognize the call? And, will you answer the call? Your call grows from knowing and loving Jesus and a desire of discipleship that helps others to know and love God.

Each Franciscan Sister of the Poor has heard the call at different pivotal times of her life. Some recognized the call while quite young, some while in college or on the brink of a career. Others were older and in the midst of a successful professional life, realized something was missing. There is no typical time in one's life to discern God's invitation.


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The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor...
are women religious called to bring compassion, hope, and healing to the community of life. They are inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Perhaps you would like to join us for coffee and conversation. Our Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have a wide diverse range of careers. Come check us out. Contact Ruthy at 761-9040, ext 132.

Today the Sisters pray and work in the United States, Brazil, Italy, Senegal, and the Philippines.