Vocations


Upcoming Vocation Events


COME & SEE DATES:

July 19-21, 2019: Vocation Come & See Weekend in Chicago, IL. Must register by Friday July 12, 2019. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

October 3-6, 2019: Vocation Come & See Weekend at Marytown in Libertyville, IL. Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with us. Must register by Thursday September 26, 2019. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

October 18-20, 2019: Vocation Come & See Weekend at Postulant House in Chicago, IL. Meet the postulants and help serve at the Soup Kitchen with Br. Donnie. Must register by Friday October 11, 2019. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

November 15-16, 2019 at Dearborn Heights, MI. A day of discernment and information. Friary to be named at a later date. Must register by Friday November 8, 2019. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

December 27, 2019 – January 1, 2020 at Marytown, Libertyville, IL. Christmas with Francis. Spend six days touring the province, meeting the friars and being educated on aspects of Franciscan life. Must register by Wednesday 18, 2019. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

February 14-16, 2020 Vocation Come & See Weekend at Postulant House in Chicago, IL. Meet the postulants and help serve at the Soup Kitchen with Br. Donnie. Must register by Friday February 7, 2020. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

February 21-22, 2020 at Dearborn Heights, MI. A day of discernment and information. Friary to be named at a later date. Must register by Friday February Thursday 13, 2020. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

Those who would like to attend must be between the ages of 18 – 40, single males who are practicing Catholics.


 Where you can find the Vocation Director


Presently at:

Fr. Hans is presently stationed at Marytown in Libertyville, IL.

June 17-21, 2019: Attending Priests, Deacons & Seminarian Conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

July 16-18, 2019: I will be in Arroyo Grande, CA. at the Novitiate witnessing the new novices getting their new Franciscan Habits.

August 1 – 19, 2019: I will be helping out at the Wyoming Catholic College. For three weeks I will be in backcountry hiking and camping hearing confessions, saying Mass and praying with new freshman entering the college as their chaplain. Keep us in prayers.

September 9-14, 2019: Attending Franciscan Mega Conference.

October 23 – November 6, 2019: I be a spiritual chaplain for a pilgrimage going over seas to Bosnia / Herzegovina & Portugal.

You can also contact Fr. Hans, the Vocation Director at: 847-367-6316 or friarvocations@gmail.com to see about scheduling a visit at other times of the year.

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Requirements

All single Catholic male inquirers between the ages of 18 – 40 must complete a phone interview or have a prior visit with the vocation director before attending these retreats. There is no cost for these “Come & See” experiences.

To Visit Us:

Please contact the vocation office to set up a time to meet. Fr. Hans Flondor, OFM Conv.: email: friarvocations@gmail.com or phone: 847-367-6316.

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Application Process

Those seeking to join the order by July of 2019 will need to be interviewed, visit the community several times, and complete the application process by March 15, 2019. Once ready to join, the Vocation Director will give you an application showing you what you will need, such as: Letters of recommendation, sacramental certificates, school transcripts, medical examination, etc.

The Midwest Conventual Province of St. Bonaventure serves Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and the country Australia.


Values and Goals of Franciscan Formation

Saint Francis cherished his Catholic faith and insisted that his followers know and live the authentic teachings of the Church. In response to this mandate, each Franciscan candidate studies the basic teachings and traditions of the Church.

Additionally, the candidates have weekly classes/seminars taught by various friars from the province and guest speakers. The topics include an introduction to prayer, spiritual direction, spiritual journaling, the Scriptures, praying with the Psalms, fundamentals of Catholic worship, the Liturgy of the Hours, American Catholic history, documents of Vatican II, Franciscan history, Franciscan spirituality, Franciscan missionary tradition, the lives of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Rule and Constitutions, the Secular Franciscan Order, and the Militia of the Immaculate of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

Introduction – Postulancy

Usually lasting for one year, the first step of entering the Franciscan Order is postulancy. During this stage a postulant is immersed in the community life of Saint Bonaventure Province while living at St. Bonaventure Friary in Chicago, IL. He is introduced to Saint Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition, and begins to learn the dynamics of balancing the active and contemplative dimensions of the Franciscan charism.

Incorporation – Novitiate

Following a comprehensive discernment process, the postulant receives the Franciscan habit and enters the novitiate. The novices are gathered from all four North American Conventual Franciscan Provinces and spend a year-and-a-day together at Arroyo Grande, CA. This stage of formation intensifies the development of the inner prayer life and the practical fraternal skills of the novice as he further discerns his call to be a Franciscan.

At the conclusion of the Novitiate, the novice professes “temporary vows for at least three years” before applying for “solemn vows” as his life commitment.

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Integration – Living the Vows

After the year of preparation, the novice takes the Franciscan vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. These vows are renewed for at least three years until the friar takes permanent or “solemn” vows. During this stage, the friar begins a program of specialized ministry training and academic study that corresponds with his own abilities, and that prepares him to serve the Church as either a Franciscan brother or a Franciscan priest.


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