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.

      Lent begins on Feb. 18. It is a season of penance in preparation for our renewal of baptismal promises at the Holy Saturday night Vigil. It is a season of self-denial helping us appreciate the richness of God’s mercy. It’s a time of conversion and change of heart that comes about as we gain a true view of ourselves as God’s sons and daughters. Saint Francis spoke of his life—and that of the Franciscan Friars—as a life of penance. Not just a season, but a life of conversion leading to union with God.

      If that vision of life appeals to you, maybe God is calling you to be a Friar. Below you can find the basic requirements for becoming a Franciscan. The Is This Life for Me? page describes the process of discernment. The Becoming a Friar page presents the stages of Initial Formation with links to our Novitiate and to the Catholic Theological Union where our men study. The Franciscan Formation page features pictures of our men in formation. How to Contact Us offers a simple form that can be sent directly to the Vocation Office in order to receive more information and access to the new vocation webpage. Finally, Father Don’s Vocation Blog, our YouTube Channel (franciscanvocations), and our Facebook Page (Franciscan Vocations; St. John the Baptist Province) offer pictures and stories of events and happenings in the province.

      The life of penance that captured the mind and heart of Saint Francis is really a very joyful life of falling in love with God. Would you like to join us in living it?

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...

Vows Sacred promises made to God by most Religious to observe the virtues of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.