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.

You have arrived at the Vocation pages of our provincial website. I hope that you find them informative.

This is my final entry on these pages. I have been offering an introduction to this Vocation page since the present website came into existence. And I have been serving our province as a Vocation Director since 2003. Last month I transitioned out of that ministry and am enjoying a sabbatical of study and renewal. Frs. Luis Aponte-Merced, O.F.M. and Larry Zurek, O.F.M. are busily learning the ropes as the new Vocation Directors. We wish them well and offer them our prayerful support. Our Franciscan life is one of itinerancy; we come and go offering our God-given talents and gifts in ever new locations. This keeps us on our toes and fresh in ministry.

If you or someone you know would like to join our community, please check out the other pages of this site. You can examine the requirements for becoming a Franciscan on the Becoming a Friar page. On the Is This Life for Me? page you can read about the process of discernment. To receive a packet of information about becoming a Franciscan or to talk with a Vocation Director, check out the How to Contact Us  page. Finally, to learn what is happening in Formation or the Vocation Office, go to Fr. Don’s Vocation Blog (soon to become Fr. Luis’ or Fr. Larry’s Vocation Blog). I would also invite you to take a look at some of our videos posted on YouTube at franciscanvocations and visit our Facebook page at Franciscan Vocations, St. John the Baptist Province.

Join us in thanking God for the wonderful men he is calling to our way of life and for our new Vocation Directors.

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.
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