The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are pleased to announce the release of a new book intended to enrich readers’ Eucharistic Adoration with reflections based on Saints Francis and Clare.

Published by Franciscan Media, formerly St. Anthony Messenger Press, “Eucharistic Adoration” provides Catholics who pray before the “real presence” with a new and unique resource to deepen their adoration experience and do so within the Franciscan tradition.

In their introduction Sisters Marlene Weisenbeck and Joan Weisenbeck wrote, “This book of reflections witnesses how we Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration come before the Eucharist each hour, every day and night, to gaze, consider, contemplate and imitate Christ. We seek to become like the One we contemplate and to continually make room for the mystery of God within our lives. We invite you to do the same.”

Each of the 52 reflections for Eucharistic Adoration—one for each week of the year—features four parts that address the spiritual advice of St. Clare to gaze, consider, contemplate and imitate Christ. Each reflection is written by a FSPA, affiliate or prayer partner and encourages the reader to:

  • Gaze upon Christ, using a quote from a Franciscan source, primarily the letters of Clare of Assisi, but also the writings of St. Francis;
  • Consider Christ, using a brief reflection that will inspire you to reverence the Real Presence, the Body and Blood of Christ;
  • Contemplate Christ, by praying a few lines that help you go deeply into the spiritual experience of adoration; and
  • Imitate Christ in your daily life with a challenge to act like Christ after time spent in adoration.

Sisters Jolynn Brehm, Linda Mershon, Julia Walsh and Joan Weisenbeck provided creative direction on the project.

Based in La Crosse, Wis., the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration consist of more than 290 women religious engaged in furthering the work of the Catholic Church and the Gospel. Their partners in ministry, including more than 230 affiliates and 120 prayer partners, join them in service of God’s mission. The sisters work in the United States and internationally in varied ministries, creating innovative approaches to healing, teaching and praying. Visit FSPA online at

Jane Comeau
Director of Communications
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration