Upcoming Vocation Events



December 27, 2018 – January 1, 2019. Place: Marytown, Libertyville, IL. Last day to register is December 14, 2018.

February 15-17, 2019. Place: Postulant House – St. Bonaventure Friary, Chicago, IL. Last day to register is February 6, 2018.

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.



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

2 months ago

Please join us in wishing Kyle a Happy Birthday! Some of the Postulants from Province of Our Lady of Consolation (Midwest/Southern province) are still adjusting to the Chicago temperatures.

2 months ago

Yesterday some of the Postulants joined the seminarians at Saint Joseph College Seminary in saying the rosary for our Catholic Church. Afterwards they joined them for fellowship, but they stayed a ... See more

2 months ago


Want more pictures? Want to know more about the Franciscans? What to learn more about the Religious Life and what we do?

Now that we have introduce all the postulants ... See more

2 months ago

We have one last Postulant that you haven't meet yet! From St. Bonaventure Province of Conventual Franciscan Friars, meet Michael.
My name is Michael and I'm from Milwaukee.
I enjoy reading the ... See more

2 months ago
Province of Our Lady of Consolation

Fr. John Pozhathuparambil has been spreading the word about the devastating floods in Kerala. Please see his video and please pray for the Friars in India who are doing their best to help and the ... See more

Fr. John Pozhathuparambil has been spreading the word about the devastating floods in Kerala. Please see his video and please pray for the Friars in India who are doing their best to help and the ... See more

9 months ago

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

9 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.

9 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.

9 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.

1 year 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

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