Dates to Visit our Community

December 27, 2019 – January 1, 2020 – Christmas with Francis

Spend six days at Marytown praying, hearing stories, talking with the friars and we drive to other friary’s in the community. There will be some short information talks on the Franciscan Crown, San Domiano Cross and the history of our province.

Register by December 18, 2019 by contacting Fr. Hans Flondor, OFM Conv. at: 847-367-6316, or by email at: friarvocations@gmail.com. A short interview to get to know you is required.

February 14-16, 2020 – This will take place in Chicago’s St. Bonaventure friary

This is a weekend visit starting on Friday with guests arriving between 2- and 3pm at the friary. You will meet the postulants, our first year guy’s, and ask them questions why they decided to join our community. You will pray with them, attend the Soup Kitchen, eat, joke and have a chance to talk with other friars.

Register by February 7, 2020 by contacting Fr. Hans Flondor, OFM Conv. at: 847-367-6316, or by email at: friarvocations@gmail.com. A short interview to get to know you is required.

Dates Fr. Hans is away

Presently stationed at Marytown in Libertyville, IL

fra Mirko

We are looking for men who feel called by our Lord Jesus to live out the Gospel under the vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chasity. To make a difference in this world, you most allow the Lord Jesus to make difference in your world, this may be by joining our Franciscan Order.

Meet our postulants from left to right: Zach, Michael, Wayne, Kyle, Anthony and Edgar.

Postulancy is a first year experience for those interested in joining the Franciscans of the Conventual branch.  This first year starts in the first week of July and goes to about the end off May.

Near the end of Postulancy, you and your formater’s should have come to a decision of whether you want to stay in the community and move on to the Novitiate.

The Novitiate is in Arroyo Grande California. After your first week there, you will receive the Franciscan habit, work on the care of the land and buildings, attend in-house classes on Franciscan life, history and the Rule of St. Francis.

You will also have out side ministries at times and visit with the two other branches of Franciscans.

This year is a bit more prayerful and contemplative. You will not have access to phones or computers without permission for the year and day you are there.

Visit them at: https://www.franciscannovitiate.org

2019-20 Postulants
Michael Hintze_1 being Invested_2019
Michael Hintze_2being Invested_2019
Michael Hintze_3 being Invested_2019
Donny T. in St. Thomas Canterbury Soup Kitchen_2016

Br. Donald Thielsen is the cook at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish. Tuesday and Friday evenings they serve those who are less fortunate. This parish also has a clothing and food pantry.