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Here’s were you get to ask all those questions you’ve always wanted to ask about religious life, life as a postulant or novice or whatever.  I’ll do the best I can to answer them. :))

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  1. Sara Hulse permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:06 am

    Hi Jaimie!
    I really enjoy reading your blog! (I love blogging myself too haha)…anyway, I am approaching my senior year in college, and am feeling very drawn towards religious life, especially Franciscan. Just wondering a few things…first of all, you said you are originally from Florida? How did that work with visits and all? Similar to looking at colleges I guess haha, except maybe staying longer? I am from NJ but a lot of orders I am looking at are far away, just wondering how it all works.
    Also, after getting accepted into a community, what is the process? I know classes are required too as part of formation…do you need to pay for these? These all sound like such silly questions I’m sure, I just have no idea how it all works! All I know is that the idea has been in the back of my mind since my conversion years ago, but it has officially moved it’s way to the front…and I can’t seem to stop thinking about it! It gets me so excited.
    Please email back whenever you have a chance, I know you are busy. Thank you so much Jaimie! Keep writing! God is good…

    In Jesus and Mary,
    Sara

  2. June 21, 2008 9:18 am

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for your interest in our blog. It’s been fun to put little snippets of our life into cyberspace. I’ll try to answer your questions as best I can.

    When I came for visits prior to entering I traveled by plane. I made two visits each lasting about 5-6 days. During the Postulancy there is a two week vacation and I’ll also be traveling by plane on that occasion as well(actually my vacation is at the end of this month).

    There are structured classes, although it’s not as academic as college. It’s more about learning about and living the life. There is no tuition for them either.

    These are the classes one takes as a Postulant:

    The Foundations of our Faith,

    Prayer, Liturgy, and Psalms

    The Life of Saint Francis

    The History of our Community

    The Basic Principles of Religious Life

    There is time set aside for mental prayer, study and recreation in our daily schedule. By the way, there is a previous blog post showing our daily schedule.
    Here it is: http://blog.franciscansisterspeoria.org/?p=38

    The questions you’ve asked are not in the least bit silly. I know I wondered the same things before I entered.

    I hope I’ve answered your questions. If you have more feel free to ask.

    Also, I would encourage you to email Sister Agnes Joseph our Vocation Director.(contact@franciscansisterspeoria.org) I’m sure she could give you more detailed information than I. You are in my prayers as you continue to explore religious life. May God bless you and keep you.

    God bless, Jaimie

  3. jane permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:19 pm

    Interested in what book(s) or DVD’s you would recommend to learn more about
    the life of St Francis?
    God Bless you!

  4. November 24, 2008 6:16 am

    Hello Jane,

    One of the first books I read on St. Francis was “The Little Flowers of St. Francis”. It is writings of three of St. Francis’ early followers. Another book is “St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography” by Omer Englebert which is one that I read as part of a class on St. Francis during my Postulancy. A book that I am reading now which deals more intimately with St. Francis own personal relationship to God and the life of penance is called “Love’s Reply” by Cajetan Esser, OFM. Those three are excellent. I’ll have to look at our videos here in the convent to come up any movies as I haven’t watched any about him.

    Thanks for the question and let me know if you find more good books/movies on St. Francis.

    May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    Sister Veronica

  5. jane permalink
    January 5, 2009 10:19 pm

    dear sr. veronica,
    Thanks for the suggestions about the books. I have obtained a copy of Fr. Omar Englebert biography of St Francis which I love and I am really enjoying it.
    Thanks for suggesting it. It’s great!
    god bless you,
    jane

  6. January 6, 2009 8:11 am

    Jane,

    I’m so glad that you are finding Fr. Omer Englebert’s biography of St. Francis inspiring. It was definately for me. If you are looking for books on St. Clare there are a few including “Clare and Her Sisters:Lovers of the Poor Christ” by Madeline Pecora Nugent, SFO and “Clare of Assisi” by Marco Bartoli which I have read. The first, “Clare & Her Sisters” is written in the way of a traditional biography and “Clare of Assisi” has a more historical study feel to it, but both are excellent. I don’t know about you, but I just love reading. Let me know if you’ve read books on the saints and/or the spiritual life that were helpful. I’d be interested to read them.

    Thanks 🙂

    Sr. Veronica

  7. Tara permalink
    March 22, 2009 12:16 am

    Hi Sr Veronica,

    I am just wondering what prayers (if any) you say as you put on your habits/veil?

    Thanks for sharing your life, I have really enjoyed reading your blog.

    God bless,
    Tara

  8. March 24, 2009 9:41 am

    Tara,

    When we put on the habit we pray, “Clothe me O Lord in the garment of salvation. I will take upon myself the sweet yoke of the Lord that I may find rest for my soul.”

    When we put on the veil we pray, “Redeemed through the veil of the precious blood of Jesus Christ, I will practice works of penance, love, and mortification.”

    When we put on the crucifix we pray, “I adore You, O Christ, and I bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”

    When we put on our shoes we pray, “Lord show me Your ways and lead me in Your paths.”

    The only difference with me as a Novice, I do not pray the prayer for the crucifix as I will not recieve it until First Profession, God willing.

    Thank you for asking, and don’t hesitate to ask more if you have them. Glad to hear that you enjoy learning about our life. Is there something you’d like to know that I haven’t shared? Don’t be shy.

    God bless, Sister Veronica

  9. Harold Vadney permalink
    June 13, 2009 9:09 am

    Referring to Sr Veronica’s dressing prayer I was wondering if there were a similar prayer for OFMs when putting on the habit…I was a bit thrown off by the “veil”.

    Peace and blessings!

    Harold

  10. June 17, 2009 8:43 am

    Hello Harold,

    I’ll check on that for you as well I may write a post on it. Thanks for asking.

    Sister Veronica

  11. Ann Creech permalink
    November 3, 2009 4:29 pm

    Hi Sr.Veronica, are you okay ? Are you busy with your studies and I have you in my prayers. Keep the Faith. Ann

  12. November 5, 2009 10:08 pm

    Hello Ann,

    Thanks for asking. Actually I’ve been away from the computer for a while, but hope to post something soon. Thanks for the prayers. You are in mine as well.

    God bless, Sister Veronica

  13. Sonja permalink
    July 3, 2010 10:46 pm

    How does one break free from the world? Do you believe that God wants us to be where we are happy? I’ve come to realize the truth in St. Gianna Molla’s quote that to love is to suffer, to suffer is to love. Not in a morose sense but that to love there is a spirit of self-sacrificing.

    • July 7, 2010 11:24 am

      Those are some good questions. First, personally, I think it is key to remember that we are to be “in the world, and not of the world”. In order to achieve this one could start by using temporal goods for the right purpose, by living simply, by being faithful to living the Christian life, etc.

      As for your second question, God has a vocation for each of us. Something He created us to be and do. The challenge for us is to find out what that is and then to be faithful to it.

      As for the quote. I believe that is so true. Authentic love is self-sacrificing.

      Sonja, thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment any time.
      God bless, Sister M. Veronica, OSF

  14. Sue Tashamn permalink
    November 7, 2010 3:35 pm

    I really enjoyed reading all the posts and your blog, even so your home page. There is so many things in life that we learned a lot, but my main foundation is to keep God in my heart. Believing in Jesus Christ and as a Catholic in the same time I visited so many churches I believe we must keep our faith in God and never let anything takes us a way from Him.
    Sisters, when we asked for help why people even some of churches they think or the first thing comes in their mind MONEY. Then when the Fr. or the church members know the reason for help is not money, not job, or even not shelter, they put our question or our needs on the desk then it goes to the trash can. Is that right? Am saying this from a previous and present incident????Just WHY?????

  15. Rose permalink
    June 4, 2011 12:59 pm

    Hi Sister, thank you for sharing your life in a religious community. I was wondering if the sisters in your order ever get to visit with their families? Are there a certain number of days you can go visit, can families come visit you? And are you allowed to write or call your family and friends? Thank you!

    • June 6, 2011 9:20 am

      Yes, we are able to go home to visit our families. If they live in North America we can visit them yearly for 2 weeks. Our families can also come and visit us. We can write or e-mail family and friends and we are allowed to call home usually about once a month.

  16. Rachel Ann permalink
    June 7, 2011 11:09 am

    This may seem to be the most challenging question of all. In my hometown diocese the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina they offer low-gluten hosts. They are called “gluten-free” but obviously have a very slight trace amount of it all while committing to the guidelines of a Celiac’s diet. Last September at our Eucharistic Congress, I recieved a “gluten-free” host for the first time. I had been having several dietary issues but wanted that to be the last resort to my “catholoicty” If you are intolerant of wheat and have any other allergies, does this affect one’s becoming of a sister?

    • June 7, 2011 11:27 am

      All health problems will be looked at by the community in the application process. Different communities have different expectations and requirements in this regard, and I can’t give a definite answer on that. It would have to be something you would discuss with the vocation director or the superior. I did know one Sister who had that problem. She did not have it when she entered. I know that come communion time she would go up and receive the Precious Blood instead of the Precious Body. I don’t know if all dioceses allow the low-gluten altar breads.

  17. Donna R. permalink
    January 27, 2012 2:19 am

    I just want to say that I like the new habits.

  18. Brian permalink
    February 5, 2012 11:38 pm

    Your new habits look beautiful! Just out of curiosity, has one of the Sisters been wearing this habit for many years? It seems that her habit remained traditional (relatively), and she wears a more traditional veil? Why was that?

    • February 6, 2012 9:34 am

      Thank you.
      When that habits changed, back in the 70s I think, she had chosen to retain one of the older versions of the habit.

  19. Stephanie Goelzhauser permalink
    August 23, 2012 10:17 am

    Hi Sisters,
    How did you know The Third order of Saint Frances was the religious Order for you?

    • August 29, 2012 1:39 pm

      Well, I have been pretty sure I would be a franciscan since I was 13. The result of a novena to St. Therese. I was pretty sure God was calling me to this particular community from my first visit. At that time, I was still rather scared about the prospect. I was really ready yet. I certainly prayed a lot about it, but I think the biggest sign for me was that I just seemed to fit in there. It was like family, not perfect, but I could be myself there, didn’t have to pretend to be someone else.

  20. patricia j belyea permalink
    August 29, 2012 11:50 pm

    at one time i was a member of the fransican order as one of the layity nun when i mentioned this to other catholics i was told it never existed. i am trying to verify for them and myself that there is or was such an order this order was approximately 20 years ago. i am trying to settle a dispute. thank you yours in christ patricia j belyea

  21. Stephanie Goelzhauser permalink
    August 30, 2012 6:48 pm

    Thank you for the help 🙂

  22. ann creech permalink
    September 9, 2012 11:22 am

    I haven’t heard of a layity order of sisters before myself. First time for everything and yes ,you can teach an old dog or cat an new trick. But I will check into the website that you have suggested. Hope you and all the sisters good health.

  23. Kate permalink
    November 7, 2012 3:18 pm

    Hi sisters, I was wondering how often/ if sisters are allowed to leave the community for special events such as the wedding of a close friend or sibling, baptism of a niece or nephew, etc, (or if these depends on what stage they are at in their profession).

    • November 12, 2012 8:54 am

      Hi Kate.
      Although there may be a bit more flexibility if these special events are nearby, usually, if we have such events to attend, we plan to take our home visit/vacation at that time. Normally, as a professed sister, we take 2 weeks of vacation each year. Postulants take a two-week home visit before they enter the novitiate. Novices do not normally have a home visit, although they are allowed periodic visits from family. So there is no vacation for the 2 years of the novitiate.

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