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.

Happy and Blessed New Year and welcome to the Vocation Pages of our Provincial website.

As 2015 begins we have much to pray for. Just watch the news every evening and you will see many, many people suffering at the hands of others and from natural disasters. One might be tempted to throw one’s hands in the air and give up.

But as men and women of faith we can see beyond the surface news to the reality of life influenced by Jesus. There is much good in the world but it seldom gets news coverage. But it is still there making the world a better place. We Franciscans try to be a part of this quiet revolution for good.

If you or a young man you know feel that you may have a vocation to be a Brother or Priest within the Franciscan tradition of doing good, please do not hesitate to take a look at the following links.

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. 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 including access to our newest web page. 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

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...

Chastity Often referred to as Celibacy-the virtue or strength from God to use one's sexual drive in a way that is appropriate to one's way of life.