Vocations


Upcoming Vocation Events


October 3-4, 2017 – The feast of St. Francis.

The night before we will celebrate his death with the Transitus. Call to reserve an overnight room. (Contact information in right column)

October 20-22, 2017

Stay the weekend and talk with the friars and those who just joined the community. See what are charism is all about. (Contact information in right column)

December 27, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Plan a retreat week during the Christmas season to help discern and discover your vocation as a Conventual Franciscan. Meet the friars and visit some of our outlying parishes. (Contact information in right column)

February 16-18, 2018

This is a crucial time for those who may be thinking the Lord Jesus is leading them to join our community. The person should already be filling out the application, but if he has not and wants to, this is the critical time to start, because there is only one month to get this process completed if you want to join in July 2018. (See “Requirements” and “Contact Information” in right column)


 Where you can find the Vocation Director


Presently at:

June 19-23, I will be on retreat in Steubenville, Ohio.

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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 

phone: 847-367-6316.

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Application Process

Those seeking to join the order by July of 2017 will need to be interviewed, visit the community several times, and complete the application process by March 15, 2017. 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

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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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Timeline Photos

Please say a prayer for all of the new postulants who report to Chicago today!

Please keep in mind our postulants who are moving onto Novitiate. Their investiture is scheduled for July 19th!

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Congrats, Fr. Jim!

Please Congratulate my Big Brother Fr Jim...Who will be celebrating his 35th anniversary of Ordination this Sunday June 4.......

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Photos from Conventual Franciscan Postulancy USA's post

Many thanks to members of JPIC (Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation) for giving the postulants a few conferences! The presenters were Fr. Mike Lasky and Fr. Joseph Blay.

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2 months ago
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Godspeed, Fr. Piotrek Dąbek!

Posłanie i wręczenie krzyża misyjnego: o. Piotrek Dąbek

2 months ago
Timeline Photos

We apologize for the long silence!

But this past week, the postulants were graced with an end of the year retreat given by Fr. Dennis Mason. They were hosted by the Sisters of St. Francis of ... See more

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Postulant Happenings

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My name is Brandon, I grew up in Louisville, KY and I am a convert to the Catholic faith. Since I was really young, I have always known that I wanted to dedicate my life to God, but did not know how ... See more

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My name is Bobby Mahas, I'm twenty-one years old, and I am member of the OLC province. I have lived in Brunswick, Georgia for the past 17 years. At my parish, St. Francis Xavier, I met the Friars of ... See more

9 months ago
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My name is Louis Lugo, I am twenty-five years old, from Canal Winchester, Ohio. Prior to joining the Conventual Franciscans, I was self-employed as a carpenter. While at a catholic men’s ... See more

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