Sunday, October 28, 2012

You've Got a Call... Answer It!

 
Our new vocation poster!  It lists all of the dates for vocation events we have going on throughout the year of 2013.  If you are looking to discern your call, these events help to provide time for prayer along with the opportunity to talk with other women who are discerning their call as well.  You can learn more about what life in a religious community might be like and even ask the Sisters about their own experiences of religious life.  During the Come and See experiences, you would be able to participate in some of the ministries that the Felician Francsican Sisters are involved in.  These events range from a couple of days to a week at a time and can be found all across North America.  If you think the Felician Franciscan life might be for you, attending any of these discernment opportunities would be of great benefit, and we would love to have you!  Sister Mary Beth is happy to answer any questions or provide you with more information at smarybeth@feliciansisters.org.

All of those discerning a call to the religious life remain in our daily thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Come and See 2012 - Enfield, CT

The "Come-and-See" Women with the Novices
This weekend we were fortunate to have five women visit us in Enfield, CT to "Come and See" the life of the Sisters.  In the back row, left to right, we have: me (Sister Desire' Anne-Marie), Suzanne, Sister Maria Louise, Michelle and Sister Bridget Mary.  In the front, left to right, we have: Tina, Sister Mary Angelise, Amy and Caitlin.  The women came from all over -- even as far as California! -- and stayed in the central convent from Friday to Sunday.  They spent Friday evening at the novitiate, asking practical and insightful questions after a delicious pizza snack.  One question was about travel.  Michelle asked how often we were able to go home and visit family.  As novices, we explained, we go home twice a year: at Christmas and again in August.  It comes out to about three weeks all together.  Caitlin was curious about what life in the postulancy was like.  We told her that it's very different from the novitiate because in postulancy the focus is on getting to know the Community, both through classes and through travel.  We went somewhere different almost every month, but in the end we felt that we really knew who our Sisters were and what sort of ministry opportunities were available.  In the novitiate focus is on our interior lives more and how to incorporate our prayer into our ministry.  We had a wonderful group conversation and we ended the evening by saying night prayer together.


Visiting with Sister Margaret, our 102-year-old :)
Before the group left on Sunday, they were able to stop in our care center and visit with the Sisters for a while.  Sister Margaret shared her enthusiasm and wisdom, promising to pray for them and Sister Anastasia asked the novices to serenade everyone with our musical instruments.  The Sisters really enjoyed having the women over.  Tina and Suzanne even received surprise gifts!  Sister Edmund, whose favorite past-time is crocheting, handed them her last two knitted caps, delighted to give them a good home.  They will all surely be missed!  Please keep them in your prayers too, as well as all those who are taking the time to discern what God may be asking of them.

Also, the next "Come and See" weekend will be held in beautiful Rio Rancho, NM from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21.  If you have ever wanted to 1) visit New Mexico and 2) see what life as a Felician might be like, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!  Feel free to contact Sister Mary Beth at smarybeth@feliciansisters.org for details.  May God continue to bless and keep you!