Vocations

Welcome

The Coventual Franciscan religious Order was established by St. Francis over eight under years old. We are accepting young men between the ages of 18 and 40 who have a heart to serve, both prayerfully and physically as St. Francis did.


We have set times during the year at different places in our province for those who would like to come and visit. In visiting, young men can see how we pray, minister, work, live in community and exercise our vows of Poverty, Chasity and Obedience.


You will find the listing of dates and places below. If you would like to talk with the Vocation Director, please contact Fr. Hans Flondor, OFM Conv. either by e-mail: friarvocations@gmail.com or phone: 847-367-6316.

Dates to visit our community

October 3-6, 2019 Celebrate the feast of St. Francis with us at Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Libertyville, IL. Must register for Come & See visit by Thursday September 26, 2019

October18-20, 2019 Meet the postulants at St. Bonaventure Friary in Chicago, and help serve at the Soup Kitchen with Br. Donald Theilsen, OFM Conv. Must register by Friday October 11, 2019

November 15-16, 2019 A day of discernment, prayer and information about Conventual Franciscans of St. Bonaventure Community. Place of Friary to be named at a later date. Must register by Friday November 8, 2019

December 27, 2019 – January 1, 2019 “Christmas with Francis” Spend six days touring the province meeting the friars and the parishes we serve in. We will also have teachings on aspects of St. Francis life. This will take place at Martown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Libertyville, IL. Must register by Wednesday 18, 2019

February 14-16, 2020 Meet the postulants at St. Bonaventure friary and help serve at the St. Thomas Soup Kitchen in Chicago with Br. Donald Theilsen, OFM Conv. Must register by Friday February 7, 2020

February 21-22, 2020 A day of discernment, prayer and information. Friary to be named at a later date. Must register by Thursday February 13, 2020


Those who would like to attend during any of these dates must be between the ages of 18-40, single males and practicing Catholics.

Contact: Fr. Hans Flondor, the Vocation Director either through e-mail: friarvocations@gmail.com or by phone: 847-367-6316 to register. If you would like talk with the Vocation Director in person, please call ahead and make an appointment to meet either at his office at Marytown, or for Fr. Hans to come and visit in your neighborhood.


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First, talk with the Vocation Director

Second, you need to be a single male between the ages of 18 and 40

Third, you need to be a practicing Catholic, one who has been Catholic for at least two years

Fourth, you should at least have a two year degree to become a brother in the community and a four year degree to become a priest in the community.

Fifth, we are an Order that strives to live with little income, it is best to have your loans already paid off.

Sixth, visit the St. Bonaventure community several times to get to know the friars and that the friars can get to know you.


Five year formation

Postulancy

Meet our guys for this year. One year of discernment. Live in the friary in Chicago, study about St. Francis life, learn how to pray the breviary and other Franciscan prayers. Participate in ministries.

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