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.

The Friars of Saint John the Baptist Province welcomed five new Postulants last month and last year’s Postulant has been received into the novitiate. Our Temporary Professed Friars continue their formation in practical ministerial setting this year called their STIP year (Supervised Time in the Province). Our newly ordained Friar moves into his first assignment in Jamaica and four others continue their theological studies in Chicago. And so we experience signs of growth and development. God continues to bless Religious Life and the Church with new life. You can see pictures of all of our men in formation on the Franciscan Formation page.

If you feel that may the Lord is calling you to join these young men in their pursuit of the Religious Life and/or priesthood as Franciscans, you might want to take a look at Is This Life for Me? and Becoming a Friar. Both pages will introduce you to the process of discernment—the process of finding out where the Lord is calling you to serve. You can then go to the How to Contact Us  page, filling in the requested information, and receive some personal help and materials from our Vocation Office.

Finally, there is Fr. Don’s Vocation Blog and our Facebook page (Franciscan Vocations, St. John the Baptist Province) where you can read, comment, and interact with our Vocation Directors.

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.