Franciscan Vocation Office
Franciscan Vocation Office

  • Know this if you feel called to become a friar...

    Some guidelines...

    As an inquirer you commit yourself to some preparations to prepare to possibly enter our formation process. These are the beginning characteristics of the process of prayerfully considering whether God is calling you to the friar minor (Franciscan) way of life. 


    Now, we recognize that you are not in religious life yet.  But your personal life needs to  reflect readiness and maturity as you may soon request an application to become a friar.  As you implement the following chat with a trusted spiritual director/mentor to sort out what makes sense at this time in your life. 


    For your prayer life:

    1. Daily Mass (if possible).
    2. At least 10 to 15 minutes of daily meditation on Scripture (e.g., on the Mass readings of the day). 
    3. Sacramental Confession at least once a month.
    4. Prayer at regular times each day. The Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer of the Church in the Liturgy of the Hours are especially commended. 
    5. Spiritual reading as you are able.  A biography of St. Francis of Assisi perhaps?
    6. Other exercises, particularly Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.
    7. It is important to entrust your vocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary and seek her intercession!


    Pratically speaking:


    • Attend a “Come & See” weekend. It can be the best way to learn the most about the Order of Friars Minor in a very short period of time. 
    • Become more familiar with the Church’s liturgical instruction concerning the Mass and more prayerful in your participation of the Mass.
    • If you are not in college, register at a parish, contribute to the collection, and volunteer for some of the following:  being lector, server, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, cantor, usher, catechism teacher or doing some other ministry, outreach or activity of the parish that involves teaching/learning the faith and serving the poor.  
    • If a student in college or graduate school, find ways to become involved with the Catholic campus ministry or other non-official spiritual and ministerial activities on campus.  
    • Practice forms of social engagement that avoid places and practices unbecoming of one aspiring to be a religious. 
    • Refrain from dating altogether. If you’ve recently broken up with a girlfriend there ought to be a realistic distance.  
    • Moderate time in the use of Internet, television, movies, music and other forms of entertainment. 
    • Moderate also your consumption of goods that would detract from preparing for a life of poverty.
    • If not a student in college or graduate school, have full time employment.  If living at home, make a serious effort to take up residence elsewhere.
    • Stay in touch with the Director of Vocations. Men become inquirers at different levels of readiness to make application. The pace at which you will move along is based on the prayerful considerations between you and the Director of Vocations.

    Requirements

    • Be Catholic (obvious, huh?) 
    • Between 19-45 years of age
    • Single (or w/annulment in hand)
    • Legal resident of USA
    • No dependents

    The #becomeafriar Application Process...

    Ever wondered how a guy can become a friar? Fr Richard helps that process along and explains here how it works...

    On the Grace to Follow the Call...

    “There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord and the husband of the Queen of our world, enthroned above the angels."    -

    St. Bernardine of Siena (Franciscan Friar/Priest/Saint)