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.
Amen.
Welcome

Welcome to the Vocation section of our provincial website. I hope that you find it informative and helpful.

If there is ever a season that captures the heart and soul of Franciscan spirituality it is Christmas. Centuries ago, our founder, St. Francis, was so enthralled by the idea that God could become flesh for no other reason than to be with us to show us his and his Father’s love that he set up the first Christmas Crèche at Greccio, Italy. His love and wonder led him to reenact the first Christmas with people and live animals so that he could better take in the mystery of God’s love. Today, over 800 years later, we Franciscans are still enthralled with the humility of our God-made-flesh who came to be our Emmanuel – God-with-us.

If you or someone you know would like to join us in our wonderful life of joy and faith in the presence of our God, please check out these vocation pages to learn about us and the stages of formation. Below you can read the general requirements for becoming a Friar. At Is This Life for Me? you will find the steps of discernment spelled out is some detail. Becoming a Friar explains the stages of formation and a little bit about our houses of formation. At Franciscan Formation you can see our men in formation. How to Contact Us offers a simple format for requesting more information. And finally, Fr. Don’s Blog is a good way to keep up with the latest happening in the Vocation Office and Formation.

We are also on YouTube (franciscanvocations) and on Facebook (Franciscans Vocations, St. John the Baptist Province).

Know that you are in our prayers this joyful season. Merry Christmas!
--Fr. Don Miller, OFM
Director of 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...

Priest A man who is ordained to Ministry within the Church and shares in the Sacrament of Holy Orders; some priests are also members of Religious Orders and make vows and live in community as do Brothers.