St. Francis’ Prayer for Discernment
Most High,
Glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith, certain hope,
and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord
that I may carry out
Your holy and true command.

Welcome to the vocation pages of our provincial website.

This month we are blessed with the Solemn Profession of Bros. Michael Charron, OFM, and Colin King, OFM. They will commit themselves to our way of life on Aug. 23rd in a joyful celebration which will culminate in their making vows for the rest of their lives. This also marks the end of their years of Franciscan formation. Just a few days prior to the Solemn Profession, five young men will enter the very first stage of Franciscan Formation as Postulants and another will enter the Novitiate. So we joyfully bring to the Lord the willingness of these eight men to serve as Friars. Of course we also rejoice in the commitments of the other men in formation as they continue to discern with us. You can view pictures of these men at the Franciscan Formation page.

If you are thinking about joining us Friars, check out the Is This Life for Me? page. There we talk about the basic steps of discernment. On the Becoming a Friar page you will find a description of the stages of Franciscan Formation. You can easily begin the process of discernment by contacting me though the form on the How to Contact Us page. To learn what is happening in Formation or the Vocation Office, go to Fr.Don’s Vocation Blog. We also have over 30 videos on YouTube ( and we have a Facebook page (Franciscan Vocations; St. John the Baptist Province) where you can daily learn of the comings and goings of the Friars.

The Lord is truly blessing us with new life. Please check out all of these resources and join us in praying for vocations.

Fr. Don Miller, OFM
Director of Vocations

Would I Make a Good Friar?
If you are a man who:
loves God and enjoys people
would like to live the Gospel life in community
has a good sense of humor
practices the Catholic faith
has earned a high school diploma or has obtained a GED
is open to living a life of poverty, celibacy, and obedience
is between the ages of 19 and 42, and
is in sound mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health
then you have what it would take to be a Franciscan.
Speaking of Formation...

Friar A member of one of the mendicant orders who lives in community and ministers to the People of God either as a priest or a brother. Unlike a monk, a friar does not live a cloistered life.