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.

The month of October brings us the wonderful Solemnity of Saint Francis. The evening of October 3rd, Franciscan of all sorts will gather at various sites to commemorate the death of Saint Francis in a ceremony called the Transitus (the Passing). Francis welcomed Sister Death with open arms and so we celebrate his passing from this life to the next. On October 4th, we celebrate the Eucharist and the Divine Office in a festive manner. But more importantly, we try to allow the feast and the beautiful prayers of the Liturgy to re-inspire us to more faithfully follow Jesus according to the vision of Saint Francis.

Saint Francis is inspiring more and more young men to join us in following the Gospel. Presently we have eight men in initial formation, three in priestly formation, and one doing graduate studies – all of whom you can see at Franciscan Formation. If you might be considering joining them, I’d invite you to take a look below where we list some of the requirements for joining in Would I Make a Good Friar? If you meet those basic requirements and want more information, I’d invite you to move on to Is This Life for Me?, Becoming a Friar, and Fr.Don’s Vocation Blog. You might also want to check out our YouTube site at Franciscan Vocations and our Facebook page at Franciscan Vocations, St. John the Baptist Province. Finally, please contact us for more personal information and help with your discernment at How to Contact Us.

You are in our prayers; please pray for us.

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...

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