Finding Our Purpose: Harry Potter Guides the Way

Harry Potter 300

Celebrate 20 years since the release of the first Harry Potter novel, and reflect on the important life lessons contained in the series during this special, one-of-a-kind retreat. We will explore the books’ many characters and unravel how they discovered who they are, their purpose in the wizarding world and the courage to follow their calling. Similarly, we will reflect upon our own journey and discover our profound truth and the path before us.

Dates: November 3 – 5, 2017
Location: Alverna Heights, Fayetteville, New York

To register, contact: Sister Caryn Crook, Vocation Minister, 315.751.6819

Donation: $50 (Scholarships are available upon request)

Franciscans in Action


Two ways you can register:


Experience community, prayer and service to others in the Franciscan tradition while offering your time, help and encouragement.

We will collaborate with a community of Benedictine sisters from Martin, Ky. to serve people in need while offering support and friendship. In the past, volunteers have repaired plumbing systems; built patios, ramps and decks; painted rooms, fences and buildings; installed structural supports, carpeting, cupboards and base boards.

Dates: June 23 – July 1, 2017
Location: David, Kentucky

Cost: $145 plus transportation. Limited scholarships are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To register, contact: Sister Donna McGartland, 315.420.5039

Come and See Weekend Getaway

Come and See

Come through our front door and experience the presence of God.

Close your eyes and pray. Enjoy sacred art in the peaceful silence. See the sunlight shining through stained glass windows. Break bread with us and share in joyful conversation. Learn about our ministries and how you can serve God’s people.

Life as a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is about prayer, togetherness and serving others, and we love it that way. Come for a visit. Share your dreams for the future while discovering if God is calling you to religious life in the Franciscan spirit.

For more information, contact: Sister Caryn Crook, Vocation Minister, 315.751.6819

Camping Discernment Retreat


Experience God in nature amidst the beautiful rolling hills and clean, sparkling lakes at Allegany State Park in western New York. Enjoy hiking, praying and sharing in meals and conversation. This weekend getaway offers you an opportunity to discover if God is calling you to religious life.

Dates: July 7 – 9, 2017
Location: Allegany State Park, Salamanca, Western New York

Dates: August 4 – 6, 2017
Location: Nicks Lake Campground, Old Forge, New York

To register, contact: Sister Caryn Crook, Vocation Minister, 315.751.6819

17th Annual Summer Service Camp

Cleaning the Barn on Retreat

Join us in this volunteer experience offering young women in high school the opportunity to pray, learn and serve in the Franciscan tradition while helping others who are in need. Service opportunities include ministering with children, adults and participating in outdoor service activities. There will also be time for meaningful prayer experiences, socializing, recreational activities and fun.

Dates: 2018 to be announced
Location: 2018 to be announced

Cost: $95 limited scholarships are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Registration deadline: 2018 to be announced

To register, contact: Sister Annie Bremmer, 412.728.2699