“Love God, serve God; everything is in that.”
– Clare of Assisi
LIVING THE GOSPEL VALUES THROUGH A FRANCISCAN LENS
Are you drawn to the Franciscan way of life? Do you wonder what it would be like to be a Wheaton Franciscan Sister? Do you have the passion and desire to live simply and serve humbly?
As canonically vowed women religious we live the Gospel values through a Franciscan lens. We live a life of contemplation and action, seeking always to integrate prayer and ministry. We respect the inherent dignity of all creation and challenge each other to deepen our Spirit-filled life. Living our particular charism, we are called to respond to the needs of the times. Through public profession of the canonical vows of poverty, obedience and chastity we consecrate our lives to God, the church, and to one another.
Contemplation and Action
In the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi and Mother Clara Pfaender, we are called to be women of prayer and action. Letting the spirit of prayer permeate the whole of our lives, we seek an attitude of awareness and presence which helps free the heart to be completely available and open to God working through us.
We seek to be a prophetic sign of both the reality and the essence of religious poverty for the sake of the reign of God. We recognize that all that we are and all that we have is a gift from God for the purpose of building God’s reign.
In the daily realities of our life together we seek to discover and discern in and with one another how to manifest God’s love. Through trust-filled dialogue and shared responsibility we work towards consensus in decision-making.
As women called to a chaste life in celibacy, we recognize the primacy of Christ in our lives. Our growing intimacy with Christ is nourished through the Eucharist, prayer, and community living. This frees us to be available and of service for the good of all.
Responding to God’s call takes time. The first step is to spend time in conversation with God. Discernment is not the same as decision making. Discernment is the practice of distinguishing God’s voice from self-centered desires. Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit and for the courage and strength to listen to your heart’s desire.
The next steps would include visiting the Wheaton Franciscan Community, engaging in conversation with the Sisters, enrolling and participating faithfully in the two-year Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life program. If you are interested in more information on vowed membership, please send an inquiry to email@example.com.