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Sister J​udy Nielsen. OSF

Spiritual Direction in the Franciscan Tradition

Sister Judy Nielsen is a life professed Franciscan Oblate whose mission is spiritual direction and formation focusing on prayer, meditation, building community and personal accountability as well as serving the recovery community. Her life time profession vows were professed under the religious name Sister Teresa Margaret in 2001 she is known best as“Sister Judy”. She is the author of "Spiritual Direction and the Journey of the Soul" along with other articles published on living life in company with God.

As with most Oblates, Sister Judy fulfilled a business career in her field of sales management and finance along with her religious duties for many years which give her the unique understanding of the challenges of living family life, keeping up with business and staying balanced in your personal relationship with God.

She retired in 2009 to devote full time to her mission of Spiritual Direction.

As a Franciscan, Sister Judy has provided spiritual direction to many who seek a better understanding of the presence and work of God in their everyday life working through challenges, dreams and failures. Directions includes discernment as others seek the reflection of God's work in their own thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Years of experience & mentorship provide the foundation for those in discernment to a religious call, renewal to ministry as Deacons, Priests, Ministers, Sisters or Brothers to the Third Order religious life or just working through God is in the balancing of life, work and family. 

Spiritual Retreats offered upon request:

Discernment (Ignatian),

Simplicity of Living the Gospel,

Renewal of Faith, God's Call and Community (Franciscan),

Building a Christian Life Of Integrity with God (Protestant).

As a religious, Sister Judy studied with St. Paul’s Theological College, authored papers based on Bonnell Spenser’s Anglican Church History, The Book of Job and the Books of Judith and Tobit.

She attended classes under Franciscan Roman Catholic Retreat Master and author Richard Rohr at the New Mexico Center for Contemplation for two years and was mentored through the behavior studies from the C.G. Jung Institute, the Minirth-Meyer clinical series on codependency and recovery, and Dr. Nathaniel Branden's Psychology of Relationships series. She has worked with the recovery communities since 1993.

Sister Judy has published articles in the Franciscan Greetings under the titles of The Importance of Being Visible, Becoming More Christlike, Growing In Spirit of Francis and Spiritual Direction.

Her Franciscan formation training and preparation started in 1997 with 6 months discernment training, two years training as a novice, and five years reporting supervision. She completing her Life Profession Vows in September of 2007. About her choice to follow in the steps of Francis she says, “It wasn’t really much of a choice, God kept tugging on my sleeve and leading me in the direction of a life lived in companionship with Him. I have been trying to fit my small steps into His very large footprints in this world ever since.”

Her religious family is The Franciscan Order of Divine Compassion.

Professional Affiliations: American Association of Christian Counselors

Spiritual Director's International (

She is a native of Texas who has returned home after serving in New Mexico, Washington and Arizona and now resides in San Antonio. Dedicated to reflecting God's presence through service & community partnership Sister Judy has actively supported the San Antonio Food Bank Food Pantry location site program, San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic, Affordable Housing Development and the San Antonio Recovery community.   

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