Hello! My name is Natalie Weighner. I am 29 years old and I am fromI first met The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George when I was in college. I was initially drawn to the community because I knew nursing was a part of their apostolate. Over the years, it has become so much more than that. I love the Franciscan Spirituality of embracing the Crib, the Cross, and the Eucharist. Over the past 7 years or so, I have visited, discerned, and gotten to know the sisters. Jesus is so patient with me! He is always inviting, but waits for a response. One of the sisters told me “there is peace in the surrender” and I now know this to be true! Praised be Jesus Christ!
. After being away at college and
living out of state for a couple years, I returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan Grand Rapids to be closer to my family. I
love spending time with my Mom and Dad, Brother Kevin (31), and Sisters Maggie
(22) and Cait (19). Before coming to St. Francis Convent, I worked as a
pediatric nurse in a children’s hospital. I have a passion for working with
sick children, especially infants. It is such a gift to be able to care for
children and their families at a vulnerable time. I
absolutely love being outside in God’s creation, especially the mountains! The
view from the top of a mountain reminds me of the vastness of God’s love for us
and points towards heaven. I also enjoy rock climbing, biking, swimming,
camping, coffee, and the color “comfy gray!” St.
Therese said “My vocation is to love!” I hope to continue to grow and learn to
live this each day!
Today, on the Feast of the Birth of Mary, our new postulants entered the postulancy of our American Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George! We thank God for the gift of these vocations. Pictured above - on their very first full day in the convent - are (from left) Ashley Vola, Samantha Goodson, Miranda Edgar, Jennifer Clark and Erin Leis. Welcome, Postulants! We Sisters are grateful that you have accepted Christ's invitation to belong totally to Him in our Franciscan community, and we support you wholeheartedly with our prayers and help! If you would like to send a word of welcome and encouragement to these new postulants, we will pass the greetings along to them. Just leave them as a "comment"!