New Pictures Of The Franciscan Sisters Cfr
Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:21 PM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:23 PM
I just visited the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal's website and saw that they had updated their photo gallery. I love all the smiling faces! They radiate such joy and I truly wish, sometimes, that I was called to them.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:19 PM
Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:57 PM
I know one of them! Sr Kelly Francis. She just made temporary vows and goes to my summer camp every year!! She is amazing!
Oh, yes! I know who you are talking about. She was in the same novitiate class as Sr. Guadalupe. I've never met them personally, but I saw them at Youth2000 in Westchester, NY. Sr. Agnes and the novices were leaving as Sr. Joseph and the retreatants (including me) came in to help out.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:06 PM
I am THRILLED for her! I love this order and I really hope they get more vocations!!!
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:50 PM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:22 PM
Many communities ask for insurance for the first year (or postulancy and novitiate) and some also ask for a sum for expenses of the novitiate (clothing, toothpaste, etc.) and/or a dowry.
The dowry is a sum (usually a few hundred dollars [perhaps more now that expenses are higher?]) that is returned to the person if for any reason they need to leave the community. (Those of you who have seen the Nun's Story probably remember her father giving them a sum when she enters... and the same sum is returned to her when she left. That's the dowry.)
I believe that the purpose is to help a sister get re-established on the outside if for any reason she has to leave. It is held in trust until after profession (and I think even until death?) and then the Sisters (or Brothers, I guess?) are allowed to use the money, but not until then.
Maybe one of the Religious on the board can explain more about this?
Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:11 PM
Is it common for aspirants/postulants to have to pay for their own insurance?
Yes, most communities have you raise a certain amount to bring with you. For most, if you cannot raise it, it doesn't prevent you from entering -- like the community I am discerning with -- they just ask you to bring what you can.
Unfortunately, the New York diocese requires that she bring $6,000 so there's no way around it. She must raise this money or she can't enter this year. She needs so many prayers!
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:45 AM
Yes Anne Line you are correct - a dowry must be held in a secure account and not touched until a Sister's death or departure. Interest accruing from the dowry however may be kept.
Canon Law actually has stipulations governing the dowry.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:55 PM
Thanks for the answers. I was just curious as to how many orders are now asking for dowry's/expenses. I had heard of it in the "Old days"/pre-Vatican II times but I had thought that practice went by the wayside....It seems not.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 03:07 PM
The $500 was returned to me when I left.... at that point, $500 was not enough to even get an apartment, so I moved back in with my mom until I could earn enough to get set back up, but I was able to get some clothes with it...
Irritating as it may seem to have to bring in a larger sum, it really does make sense, because you never know what God has in mind... and it is impossible to re-establish yourself without the cash if you or the community discern you don't have a vocation or have to leave for some other reason. Hard to hear, but just common sense.
Edited by AnneLine, 13 May 2012 - 03:08 PM.