Upcoming Vocation Events



October 3-4, 2018, Feast of St. Francis. Place: Marytown, Libertyville, IL.

October 19-21, 2018. Place: Postulant House – St. Bonaventure Friary, Chicago IL.

December 27, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Place: Marytown, Libertyville, IL.

February 15-17, 2019. Place: Postulant House – St. Bonaventure Friary, Chicago, IL.

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.

 Where you can find the Vocation Director

Presently at:

Fr. Hans is presently stationed at Marytown.

New Trekking w/ Jesus hike being planned for September 8, 2018. Please call Fr. Hans Flondor, OFM Conv. at: 847-367-6316 if interested in joining us. Remember, this is an all Catholic Men’s hike.



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 

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.

Postulancy News

6 months ago

Single digits? Winter weather advisory? Nothing can stop the Postulants from sharing that Franciscan joy!

6 months ago
Archdiocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life

Our postulants and formators joined many religious communities for the Archdiocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life on February 3rd.

6 months ago
2018 House Blessing and Candlemass

Since all the students were gone during the Feast of the Epiphany, we blessed the house on the Eve of the Presentation of the Lord.

6 months ago
Reception of St Maximilian Kolbe Relic

Returning from Christmas break and province tours, the postulants and friars from Marytown gathered at St Ita's Catholic Church to take part in the reception of a relic from Maximilian Kolbe.

9 months ago
Photos from Conventual Franciscan Postulancy USA's post

It has been a busy week here in Chicago! On the Feast of All Saints we journeyed to Darien, IL to visit the National Shrine of St. Therese. On Friday, Fr Jim Kent, the provincial of Our Lady of ... See more

10 months ago
Our Lady of the Angels Gathering

There was a gathering of many religious communities in the Chicago Area for prayer, fellowship, and a wonderful meal hosted by the Franciscans of the Eucharist at Our Lady of the Angels Mission.

10 months ago
St Thomas of Canterbury Closing of Centennial Celebration

The Postulants attended the closing of St Thomas of Canterbury's 100th anniversary year long celebration. The liturgy was celebrated in the many languages and cultures of the parish community ... See more

10 months ago
Relics of Padre Pio

Relics of Padre Pio, including a glove that covered his stigmata, visited St Ita's Parish. Many of the postulants helped with the veneration throughout the day.

11 months ago
Province of Our Lady of Consolation

Our postulants help at St. Ita's parish, as well as tutor at the associated St. Thomas of Canterbury School.

Here's Fr. John give us a synopsis of life at the parish, and showcases the newly ... See more

Friar John Bamman talks with Friars Fr. Bob Cook and Fr. Arturo Felix about their ministry at St. Ita Parish in Chicago. Friar John also takes a tour of the beautiful church - the architecture is ... See more

1 year ago
California Franciscan Vocation

Ten Men begin their Formation as Franciscan Postulants. See the full video at: https://www.youtube.com/c/vocationfranciscanusawest and learn more about finding your calling at: ... See more

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