Upcoming Vocation Events

 E-mail or call if you want to schedule a date and time to visit our Province.

 Where you can find the Vocation Director

Presently at:

Marytown, Libertyville, IL.







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.

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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

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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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My name is Jason Warrer. I am twenty-two years of age and I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I was raised in Lowell, Indiana, and was a part of St. Edwards Parish. Before joining the Conventual ... See more

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My name is Lukas Cichon and I am twenty-three years of age. I grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois before becoming a Conventual Franciscan Postulant in the St. Bonaventure Province in. In 2015, I ... See more

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My name is Jonathan Huber and I am thirty-six years old. I was born and raised in Lexington, KY. I served as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps after the September 11 th attacks. I ... See more

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Meet Matt Goodwin, thirty-eight years of age, from St. Bonaventure Province. Matt lived in Haysville and Cheney Kansas. Initially, Matt felt a call to ministry in 2004. While visiting Conception ... See more

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James Battles from Sacramento, California recently celebrated his 50th birthday in September. James has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for over 21 years. For the past 9 years prior to ... See more

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