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.

All of this month we are in the sacred and joyful season of Lent, preparing for our Easter celebration on April 5th. Often we don’t think of Lent as a “sacred season” or even less as a “joyful season.” But it truly is, for it is a time to turn wholeheartedly to our loving God to receive his infinite mercy and forgiveness. What could be more joyful than that?

Often people don’t think of the Religious life as joyful, either. I hear parents say that they wouldn’t want their child to join a Religious community because they would want him/her to be happy. I’m not sure where that negative image of our life comes from, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Our following the Lord according to the vision of St. Francis isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, but it is a joy-filled life with many built-in blessings.

If this “joyful” 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 about our community. 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.

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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