This section of our website is dedicated to assist women who may be considering a call to religious life, and want to learn about the Allegany Franciscans. If this is your first time visiting us, we invite you to browse the page "Why I am an Allegany Franciscan", where sisters share about their vocation stories and ministries. It's a great resource for information, reflection questions and more.
About Our Initial Formation Ministry
All of our sisters are responsible for the fostering of vocations to the Congregation by their example, prayer and the spirit of welcoming acceptance. This ministry is entrusted to the Initial Formation Team comprised of the Pre-Entrance Director, who has particular responsibility for vocation discernment and Affiliates; the Formation Director, who has particular responsibility for Candidates and Novices; and the Temporary Professed Director, who has particular responsibility for sisters in Temporary Profession. Initial formation ministry in the Congregation applies to all sisters and persons in the pre-entrance process, candidacy programs, the novitiate, and those in temporary profession.
The Initial Formation Team
The Congregational Minister, with the consent of the Council, appoints the members of the Initial Formation Team, whose role is to advise and collaborate with all Initial Formation Personnel. Members of the Team serve in Formation Ministry in addition to their regular ministry. They are drawn from the various geographic areas where the Congregation ministers. Together, they function as a team, collaborating, consulting and planning with each other. The primary responsibility of the Initial Formation Team is to oversee the Franciscan Spiritual Development Program which will provide opportunities for women and men interested in deepening their spiritual lives, especially within the areas related to Franciscanism.
Sr. Jo Streva, OSF
Prayer to Know One's Vocation -
O Lord, my loving God, you have made me to know you, to love you,
to serve you, and thereby to find and to fulfill myself.
I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you.
But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you.
Since I will do what you want of me, I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me:
into my mind, to show me what you want of me; into my heart, to give me the determination to do it,
and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all my strength right to the end.