Vowed

 

  • 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 vowed women religious we live out the Gospel values through a Franciscan lens. We live a life of contemplation and action, seeking to integrate our prayer and our ministry. We reverence 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.

Poverty

As a Franciscan community 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. We challenge one another to witness in attitude and action the Christian stewardship that guides us to a responsible use of material goods, of time, and of personal talents. We live a simple lifestyle that encourages the development of new dimensions of the Spirit.

Obedience

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 group consensus in decision-making.

Chastity

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.

Contemplation and Action

In the spirit of Saints Francis and 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 to have an attitude of awareness and presence which helps free the heart to be completely available and open to God working through us.