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 Vocations Pages of our provincial website. And a Blessed Easter to you as we enter into this Easter Week and season this month.

As we begin this month, we are about halfway through Lent and spring is officially here – at least according to the calendar. Easter is fast approaching; that greatest of all Church celebrations. Without this marvelous event, our faith would be meaningless and our hopes dashed. All our hope and consolation lies in the fact that Jesus is Risen; Jesus is Lord. As Franciscans we follow St. Francis’ joy and peace in our Risen Lord. The Gospel, the Good News, is our Rule and Way of Life. And that Good News is that Jesus is Lord.

If you or someone you know is interested in following our Risen Lord in the footsteps of St. Francis as a Franciscan Brother or Priest, then the following pages will help:
Is This Life for Me? introduces the process of discernment – that is, figuring out what God is calling you to do. Various activities are suggested.

Becoming a Friar discusses the various stages of formation. Franciscan Formation features pictures of our young men in the process of becoming full-fledged members of the Franciscan Order. How to Contact Us gives you the opportunity to send in your name and address in order to receive information from our Vocation Office. Remember, that contacting us does not mean necessarily that you are ready to join. It just means that you want to talk with the Vocation Director and receive some information.

Finally, Fr. Don’s Vocation Blog and our YouTube channel (franciscanvocations) as well as our Facebook page (Franciscan Vocations; St. John the Baptist Province) offer information of what is going on among our men in formation and in the Vocation Office.



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.