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.

This month we Catholics observe a month of special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many parishes and Catholic institutions still follow the tradition of conducting May Crownings and other devotional activities. We as Franciscan Friars honor Mary as our Queen and dedicate our lives to the honor and glory of God through the powerful intercession of Mary. 

Today we continue growing as a province as young men from across the country join us in living the way of life given to us by St. Francis. The requirements for entry are listed below in Would I Make a Good Friar? The steps for deciding, called discernment, are on the page entitled Is This Life for Me? On the pages Becoming a Friar and Franciscan Formation we talk about the stages of formation and you can meet some of our young men in formation. If you feel drawn to learn more about our way of life and ministries, click on How to Contact Us. Finally, a couple of good resources for learning about us are Father Don’s Vocation Blog, Our Facebook page (Franciscan Vocations, St. John the Baptist Province), and our YouTube channel: (franciscanvocations).

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.