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Sister Sarah Kohles (center) at her final vows ceremony July 9, 2011.

 Join Us As a Sister

Where do I begin?
What is God calling me to do with my one wild precious life?
What would it be like to be a Franciscan Sister?
Do I have the gifts and qualities to live as a Sister?
Do I have the passion and enthusiasm to live simply?
 

Discernment
Seeking God's call takes time. It's not the same as decision making. It's more than looking at all the options, listing pros and cons, talking with others and then making the decision.

The Process

  • The first step is to spend time in conversation with God.
  • Pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for courage and strength to listen to your heart's desires.
  • Pray for the wisdom to trust yourself.
  • Pray for freedom from undue pressure and/or influence from others.
  • Pray that your gifts, talents, and personality will be used to serve God.
  • Pray that your inner spirit/spirituality will match that of the congregation that you are drawn to join.

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We Dubuque Franciscans will invite you to receive a Sister prayer partner who will be supportive with daily prayer, an occasional email and/or card and possibly a face to face meeting over a meal at Mount St. Francis. She will share her thoughts and experiences about her call to become a Franciscan Sister, how she lived and continues to live in the Franciscan spirit with other Sisters.  And of course, she will share how she continues to develop her relationship with our Creator God, Brother Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. You may want to share with her your questions, your own faith story, and the challenges that you face.

Vowed Membership
As women religious we live out the Gospel values through a Franciscan lens.  Inflamed by the fire of the Spirit of God, following in the footprints of Jesus and inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi we have:

   * an intense love of God and a desire to be like Jesus
   * a respect for all persons, especially the poor
   * a deep reverence for all creation
   * a commitment to peacemaking
   * a desire to create community wherever we are

Grounded in community, we strive to live out the Gospel values of

   * Contemplation
   * Conversion
   * Poverty
   * Minority

We center our Gospel lives in our relationship with God the Creator, Jesus our Brother, and the Holy Spirit.  This relationship is strengthened through Eucharist, Franciscan morning and evening prayer, faith sharing, and private prayer.

The vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience are central to our lives:

Poverty:  "In evangelical poverty we follow Jesus, who came to bring good news to the poor.  Acknowledging that all is gift from a loving Creator, we express our Franciscan poverty through dependence on God and we generously share our lives and resources with others."  (Constitutions #19)

Celibacy: "Professing vowed celibacy for the sake of the reign of God, we reverence each person in the human family, with special care for the outcast."  (Constitutions #18)

Obedience: "In our commitment to obedience, we listen, discern, and act in such a way that the reign of God may be more fully realized."  (Constitutions #20)

A decision to become a vowed Franciscan unfolds over time. The interested person visits with Sisters to learn about their lives. In discernment with others and the congregation she considers her gifts, listens to her heart's desires, prays for guidance to the Spirit, and responds to God's call.

After a woman is accepted into the congregation she enters a one-two year process to deepen her understanding of the Franciscan life, values, theology, history and the vows. In a Franciscan Common Novitiate, during the canonical year she focuses on Franciscan theological and spiritual values necessary to live religious life today. The novitiate concludes with the profession of temporary vows. After living 3-6 years as a Franciscan Sister and in mutual agreement with the congregation she celebrates her permanent commitment.

Hermana Erika Calderon received into our congregation Dec. 30, 2011.

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Seeking to know God’s will and desire for us takes time, intense reflection, heart to heart conversations, and the ability to listen well.

Testaments from:
Sister Renae Hohensee, OSF

Sister Sarah Kohles, OSF

Sister Brenda Whetstone, OSF

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Discernment
Seeking God’s call takes time. It's not the same as decision making. It’s more than looking at all the options, listing pros and cons, talking with others and then making the decision.

The Process

  • The first step is to spend time in conversation with God.
  • Pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for courage and strength to listen to your heart’s desires.
  • Pray for the wisdom to trust yourself.
  • Pray for freedom from undue pressure and/or influence from others.
  • Pray that your gifts, talents, and personality will be used to serve God.
  • Pray that your inner spirit/spirituality will match that of the congregation that you are drawn to join.

Click here for Discernment Prayer

We Dubuque Franciscans will invite you to receive a Sister prayer partner who will be supportive with daily prayer, an occasional email and/or card and possibly a face to face meeting over a meal at Mount St. Francis. She will share her thoughts and experiences about her call to become a Franciscan Sister, how she lived and continues to live in the Franciscan spirit with other Sisters.  And of course, she will share how she continues to develop her relationship with our Creator God, Brother Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You may want to share with her your questions, your own faith story, and the challenges that you face.

Vowed Membership
As women religious we live out the Gospel values through a Franciscan lens. Inflamed by the fire of the Spirit of God, following in the footprints of Jesus and inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi we have:

   * an intense love of God and a desire to be like Jesus
   * a respect for all persons, especially the poor
   * a deep reverence for all creation
   * a commitment to peacemaking
   * a desire to create community wherever we are

Grounded in community, we strive to live out the Gospel values of

   * Contemplation
   * Conversion
   * Poverty
   * Minority

We center our Gospel lives in our relationship with God the Creator, Jesus our Brother, and the Holy Spirit.  This relationship is strengthened through Eucharist, Franciscan morning and evening prayer, faith sharing, and private prayer.

The vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience are central to our lives:

Poverty:  “In evangelical poverty we follow Jesus, who came to bring good news to the poor.  Acknowledging that all is gift from a loving Creator, we express our Franciscan poverty through dependence on God and we generously share our lives and resources with others.  (Constitutions #19)

Celibacy: “Professing vowed celibacy for the sake of the reign of God, we reverence each person in the human family, with special care for the outcast.”  (Constitutions #18)

Obedience: “In our commitment to obedience, we listen, discern, and act in such a way that the reign of God may be more fully realized.”  (Constitutions #20)

A decision to become a vowed Franciscan unfolds over time. The interested person visits with Sisters to learn about their lives. In discernment with others and the congregation she considers her gifts, listens to her heart’s desires, prays for guidance to the Spirit, and responds to God’s call.

After a woman is accepted into the congregation she enters a one-two year process to deepen her understanding of the Franciscan life, values, theology, history and the vows. In a Franciscan Common Novitiate, during the canonical year she focuses on Franciscan theological and spiritual values necessary to live religious life today. The novitiate concludes with the profession of temporary vows. After living three-six years as a Franciscan Sister and in mutual agreement with the congregation she celebrates her permanent commitment.

Hohensee Renae

 

 


Sr. Renae Hohensee, OSF made her
final profession of vows on August 7, 2010.

About Sr. Renae

Homily Profession of Vows Sr Renae Hohensee

Vigil Sr Renae Hohensee

View video of Sr. Renae's Profession of Vows


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Sr. Ginny Heldorfer, OSF
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Phone 563-583-9786
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