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

Thank you for joining us on the Vocation Page of our Provincial website.

November is a month packed with a wide variety of celebrations – All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Thanksgiving, Solemnity of Christ the King, the beginning of Advent. Both as a Church and as a nation we weave our way through what appear to be a hodge-podge of disparate feasts and observances, but in reality they are truly various aspects of our human existence: life, death, gratitude, recognition of Jesus’ supremacy, and the hope and expectation of Advent.

The Franciscan Orders are like that – a varying group of men and women, young and old, lay and clerical, active and enclosed. There is the First Order of priests and brothers, the Second Order of Poor Clare Nuns, the Third Order of men and women religious, and the Secular Franciscans. All united in their following of Saints Francis and Clare.

Our young men in formation are in various stages of maturing into full membership in the First Order. On the Franciscan Formation page you can see their pictures. The Becoming a Friar page explains the various stages of formation and the Is This Life for Me? explains the aspects of discernment if one feels called to our way of life. There is also a How to Contact Us page as well as Fr. Don’s Vocation Blog. Finally you might want to check out our videos on our YouTube Channel (franciscanvocations) and our Facebook page (Franciscan Vocations, St. John the Baptist Province).

If you or someone you know would like to join us, please contact us.



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...

Mendicant A member of a Religious Order who, unlike a monk, renounces ownership of property both as an individual as well as a community. His livelihood comes from ministry and, if necessary, from begging.