Vowed Religious Life

Vowed Religious Life

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“I’ve done what is mine to do… now may the Lord show you what is yours to do.”
St. Francis of Assisi

  • Do you want to live the Gospel in a radical way?
  • Are you looking to share your life with like-minded women?
  • Are you inspired by the values of simplicity, servanthood and joy?
  • Do you feel that you may be called to a life of loving service for others, dedicated solely to the Lord?

As Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, we commit ourselves to seek God and witness God’s love through a life of service. We center our lives in prayer, scripture and community. We encourage one another to use our unique gifts and talents as we strive to bring new life, meaning and hope to a world in need of compassion and healing.

We invite women to pray, to visit and to volunteer on our campus or at our ministries. We support thoughtful consideration of a deeply rewarding commitment. The transition from secular to religious life begins in consultation with a vocation director and with others Sisters and encompasses the study of Franciscan traditions, values and way of life.

As a woman’s commitment grows, she participates in the life and ministry of the community. During the novitiate phase of initiation into our religious way of life, the woman joins us in an intercommunity preparation program to learn more about Franciscan values and the Franciscan way of life. Only after several years of prayerful consideration will a woman make a lifetime commitment.

For more information, please e-mail lifefuturing@osfprov.org or call Sister Althea Anne Spencer at (412) 885-7406.



Vocation Prayer

Gracious God, thank You for the blessings of this day.
Continue to be near to me, and help me to understand my vocation.
You have blessed me with many gifts and talents
which I want to use to serve You and the Church.
Help me to know how to best serve.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus told us.
I want to follow, but I am not sure of the right path.
Help me to make the right choices.
You have blessed me, God, and I am grateful.
Help me to see in myself what You see
and give me the strength to follow my vocation