This Issue: New Postulant expected ,Upcoming Come and See dates and vocation events,
Vocation Stories of the Saints, recent activities
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Merry Christmas!

Wow, this is so late.  Sorry.  Here is just a quick update on what's been going on with us, and a few tidbits for those of you who are discerning your vocation.

Here is a little update on goings on.
  • First - We are expecting a new postulant to arrive in January, please pray for her as she prepares to make this next step.
  • Recent happenings of note - Our Annual Bazaar was a great success this year.  At the same time two of us were in Indianapolis at NCYC.  Read more here.
  • There has been so much going on with our healthcare apostolate it is hard to pick something.  We're doing a lot right now with innovation in how to better provide care to those most in need, and also in using simulation in training.  I though you might find it interesting to hear about the Pre-Med Immersion program they are starting.  More OSF HealthCare news here.
  • In October we had a video crew here.  We are finally going to have a real video!  It is still getting finalized.  We'll let you know when it's out.
Annual Motherhouse Bazaar.  There's always a line for the donuts. 
So good!

Vocation Stories of the Saints

The latest article in the Vocation Stories of the Saints Series is on St. Therese of Lisieux, part 1.  Still a lot yet to come with this.  Hope it will help you with your discernment.
Read article here.

Come and See Dates

These dates are available for Come and See visits.  If you've been sitting on the fence for a while, here is your chance.
Check your calendar and see if your available to visit  during one of these spans.
  • January 8-13 – a pretty open week
  • February 28-March 16 – Join in our monthly day of recollection on First Friday
  • April 2-13 – Come with me to the Institute on Religious Life National Meeting April 5-8
If any of these times look good for you and you'd like to Come and See, just reply email me at:

Vocation Fairs

These are some Vocation Fair type events (and events that include vocation fairs) that include religious from several different religious communities.
  • SLS 2019, Chicago, IL - January 2-6, 2019 - Fellowship of Catholic University Students conference aimed to train missionaries, geared to college-aged and young adults
  • Here I am Lord, St. Charles, IL - March 1-2, 2019 - Parish-run vocation conference
  • Institute on Religious Life National Meeting, Mundelein, IL - April 6-8, 2019 - Join religious and others from around the country for some great talks and beautiful Liturgies.  Held on the beautiful grounds of Mundelein Seminary and next to Marytown and the St. Maximilian Kolbe Shrine.  The Saturday is usually free for young people.
  • There are also some vocation fairs held by Catholic Colleges this spring in case you happen to leave nearby: Christendom College in Front Royal, VA on February 24, Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL on April 11, also expect University of Mary in Bismarck, ND no date yet, and Benedictine College in Atchison, KS no date yet.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.

You are included in our prayers and our Christmas Novena of Masses.

Let us know how you're doing sometime. 

Perhaps you'll find time in the New Year to pay us a visit. 
<--- Sister Loretta here is eager to meet you. :)

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

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