Sr. Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and part of her congregation’s formation team, serving women who are discerning their vocation. Along with another Franciscan Sister, she co-founded The Fireplace, an intentional community and house of hospitality on Chicago's South Side that offers spiritual support to artists and activists. She has a master's degree in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union and is a certified spiritual director and secondary teacher. As a creative writer, educator, retreat presenter and speaker, she is passionate about exploring the intersection of creativity, spirituality, activism and community life. Her work can be found in publications such as America, Living Faith Catholic Devotional, Global Sisters Report and St. Anthony Messenger. She blogs and podcasts at She is @JuliaFSPA on Twitter

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This Advent, may we make room

Young Voices: During these Advent days, we pray about making room. We are working to prepare the way for God’s will in our lives, to prepare ourselves to unwrap and celebrate the deep meaning and joy of the Incarnation.


We are endangered species, but Franciscan values could save us

Young Voices: Aware of his creaturedom, St. Francis proclaimed a mutuality with all God's creation. In the face of the climate crisis, the message of his life is incredibly relevant today.


Looking forward into the mystery

Young Voices: I hear a sentiment that the church (and forms of religious life) that they once knew are in a long winter, at rest. Scenes of life and familiar landscapes will sprout soon, they seem to say. If only they hold on to hope, then what they once knew will come back, with greater flourishing. 


White supremacy and me and you

Young Voices: The cross is an intersection of powerlessness and power. I wonder if there will ever be a day when every white Christian will imitate Jesus and fearlessly avoid the temptation to protect their own power.