Sisters Host Discernment Retreats

HNP Communications Franciscan World

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany invite women who are considering religious life to participate in one of the community’s discernment retreats. 

Seven retreats are being held in a variety of locations from New England to Florida and the West Indies.

Discerning a Vocation

The retreats are held for women who are listening to God’s call, and discerning a vocation to religious life. In addition to considering the topics of call, discernment and the elements of religious life, the retreats provide time for reflection, prayer and liturgy. 

Women find these retreats helpful in their discernment process, according to the community’s Web site.  They enjoy sharing with other women who are on the same journey. The retreats also give a glimpse into the life of the sisters and community. 

Registration can be done online, by phone, and by e-mail to vocation director Sr. Mary McNally at
Retreats in Winter and Spring 
The 2008 retreats are scheduled for the following dates and locations.

Jan. 18-20, 2008
Convent, Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.
Contact Sr. Trinita Solnek at (876) 925-1973
Register by Jan. 15

Jan. 26, 2008
Martha Mary House, Miami, Fla.
Contact Sr. Michelle Dolyk at (305) 751-3093
Register by Jan. 23

 Feb. 16, 2008
St. Anthony Convent, New York City, N.Y.
Contact Sr. Annette Seiter at (212) 925-0888
Register by Feb. 13

March 8, 2008
St. Mary of the Angels Convent, Haddonfield, N.J.
Contact Sr. Kay Aherne at (856) 858-2372
Register by Feb. 27

March 15, 2008
Day of Discernment
St. Raphael Convent, West Medford, Mass. (Boston area)
Contact Sr. Noella Lachat at (781) 488-3719
Register by April 25 

April 11-13, 2008
St. Clare Convent, Tampa, Fla.
Contact Sr. Mary McNally at (813) 870-6314
Register by April 8

May 10, 2008
Shalom Place, Ft. Myers, Fla.
Contact Sr. Jo Streva at (239) 332-5260
Register by May 7

Information about the retreats can be obtained through the contact person listed for each retreat.
The Franciscan Sisters are based in Allegany, N.Y., near the campus of St. Bonaventure University.