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.

St. Francis has been portrayed as being anti-learning, but that is not the case. He warned his Friars against becoming proud due to their education, but he certainly did not speak against learning. He even commissioned St. Anthony as an early teacher of the Friars.

This month our Postulants finish up their Program at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati. After a brief vacation with their families, they will head for St. Bonaventure University for some summer classes before beginning their novitiate in August.

If you or a young man whom you may know would like to be a part of this great Franciscan tradition, please take a look at the information found on the vocation drop-down menu. Below you will find a brief listing of the characteristics we look for in a good candidate for the Friars. The Is This Life for Me? page talks about discernment—how to find out if the Lord may be calling you to a religious vocation. On the Becoming A Friar page you can read about the various steps toward full membership in the Order. The  Franciscan Formation page introduces you to our men in formation. And finally, there is a page called How to Contact Us where you can send your name and other necessary information directly to me so that I can communicate with you about your possible vocation.

Three other informational resources are Father Don's Vocation Blog and our YouTube channel at franciscanvocations and our Facebook page at Franciscan Vocations, St. John the Baptist Province.

If you have thought about joining us or would just like to chat about what a vocation involves, please contact me.

Also, please join us in praying for vocations to the Priesthood and to the Religious Life.

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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