Becoming A Friar
Where do I start?
The first step toward becoming a friar is for you to contact
the Vocation Office
. Once contact has
been made, the Vocation Director will respond with appropriate information and
your process of discernment begins.
How do I get ready?
Pre-Postulancy begins with the initial contact with the
Vocation Office and prepares you for admission into the Postulancy Program. The
length of this stage depends on your individual needs. No one is rushed through
the process. You will be given the time and the space you need in which to
discern your calling in conjunction with the Vocation Director.
Whats the first stage of formation?
The Postulancy is a twelve-month program of orientation to
Franciscan life and Spirituality. It begins in early July of each year at St.
Anthony Friary in Cincinnati, Ohio.
What happens in Novitiate?
The year of Novitiate is a time of forming your Franciscan
identity and intensifying your prayer life. It marks the formal entrance into
the Order of Friars Minor (the Franciscans) and culminates in your taking
temporary vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. The novices of Saint John
the Baptist Province join with those of other provinces at the Interprovincial Novitiate
House in Burlington, Wisconsin.
Whats Temporary Profession?
As a newly professed friar you will then move to Chicago,
Illinois, for a minimum of three years, during which time you will continue
to learn about the Franciscan way of life and continue your formal education.
What classes you take or which degree programs you enter depends on the type of
ministries in which you feel called to serve. Should you feel called to
priesthood, you would study at the Catholic
Whats Solemn Profession?
After a minimum of three years of living as a Franciscan in
Temporary Profession of Vows, you would make your life commitment by entering
into Solemn or Permanent Profession of Vows. This marks the beginning of full,
lifelong membership in the Order of Friars Minor. Once you are in Solemn Vows
you would either continue your schooling, should that be necessary, or receive
your first assignment for ministry in the province.