Young Adults

We've created a safe space to talk about spirituality and topics relevant to you as a young adult. Ask questions, express spiritual concerns, and make connections with others. You do not have to be Catholic, and we invite spiritual neighbors from cultures around the world. Receive email updates about events, programs and volunteer opportunities for young adults.

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Check out our Young Adult Blog, "Authentically You." 
Submit your own reflections, too!   

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Programs and conferences for young adults

Franciscan Action Network: Franciscan Justice Circles
Laudato Si' Movement: Ecoconversion
National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults
FOCUS:  Launching College Students into Lifelong Catholic Mission
SEEK25:  A FOCUS conference for young Catholic adults, Jan. 1-5, 2025, in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. Jan. 2-5, 2025.

ESTEEM:  A leadership formation program for young adults on college and university campuses

What issues inspire you to action?

Webinar Series on Environmental Justice
Sisters Against Trafficking
Invisible People: Helping the Homeless
NETWORK: Advocates for Justice, Inspired by Catholic Sisters

Media that inspires, inform and heals

Saint of the Day
Hope and Suffering: The Spirituality of Life and Loss
Franciscan Media
Pure Flix:  Media that strengthens your faith and values, is wholesome, and suitable for the entire family and streamed seamlessly on any device.
FORMED:  Catholic content for parishes, families and individuals
A Nun's Life

News and Culture from a Spiritual Perspective

National Catholic Reporter  
Global Sisters Report
St. Anthony Messenger

Resources for students and young adults

Young Adult Resources from the blog 
"Paws in Praise"(used with permission)

Academics and Faith

The Heart and Love



Work and Faith 

- Empowerment Through Prayer 
- The Meaning of Merit
- We are all parts in the Bone Box: a reflection on One Body, Many Parts
- Spiritual Wellness in Veterinary Medicine 
  (This article can be applied in some way to everyone, not just students of veterinary medicine. Be sure especially to check out the article in the section that begins with "Solidarity Week" and Tails of Wellness on Instagram.)

Food and Faith

- Diving into the Diet 
- Shedding Light on "Livestock's Long Shadow"

Spiritual Direction

Several of our Sisters at St. Francis Woods are trained Spiritual Directors. It is an hour-long session, usually scheduled monthly and offered either in-person or over Zoom. You are invited to share ordinary life experience and be guided to listen for how the Divine is speaking through the twists and turns of your faith journey. The fee is $55.00 per session or $40.00 per session for anyone on retreat at The Portiuncula Center for Prayer on campus.

Norma Janssen, OSF    815.545.0183
Janice Keenan, OSF   815.469.4883
Nancy Roberta Schramm, OSF   224.565.1460
Joyce Shanabarger, OSF   815.464.3803
Mary Shinnick, OSF   815.464.3807
Mary Barbara Hassler, OSF  847.502.6637