Now on staff at Marywood Franiscan Spirituality Center in northern Wisconsin, Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a Catholic youth minister, a committed social justice activist, and a student at Catholic Theological Union. Her award-winning writing has appeared in America, Global Sisters Report, Living Faith, and PILGRIM Journal. Visit her online at and follow @juliafspa on Twitter.

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Call for creative communion

Young Voices: "I wondered if I was the only one in the room who felt like I was at worship. ... I wondered if anyone else noticed that we — poets and audience — were the body of Christ in communion with the great Creator."


Made to make God more present

Young Voices: In the Middle Ages, the idea of spiritual motherhood was quite popular among both women and men. St. Francis of Assisi described himself as a mother to his brothers, and Meister Eckhart wrote, "We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God always needs to be born."

Trains in heaven: Embracing the mystery

Young Voices: Sr. Julia Walsh, a young Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, is a Horizons columnist for Global Sisters Report. Amid doubts about her vocation, one day, she received God's grace.


The pain of climate change

Last fall, I heard a story on the radio that caused me to have all sorts of physical reactions.