Upcoming Vocation Events


March 16, 2019: Vocation Come & See Day in Michigan

This will take place in Dearborn Heights Michigan at the Gabriel Newman Center from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Please contact Fr. Hans Flondor to register at: friarvocations@gmail.com or call: 847-367-6316.

Those who would like to attend must be between the ages of 18 – 40, single males who are practicing Catholics. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must contact me and one of them would have to accompany you on this day.

 Where you can find the Vocation Director

Presently at:

Fr. Hans is presently stationed at Marytown in Libertyville, IL..

March 8, 2019: I will be at the Vocation Fair at Brother Rice High School in Michigan.

March 30, 2019: I will be at the Men of Christ Conference at the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, WI.

April 4-6, 2019: I will be in Kansas attending the Benedictine College Vocation Fair taking place at 1020 North Second Street, Atchison, Kansas 66002 at the Benedictine College.

August 1 – 19, 2019: I will be helping out at the Wyoming Catholic College.For three weeks I will be in backcountry hiking and camping hearing confessions, saying Mass and praying with new freshman entering the college. Keep us in prayers.

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.



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 or 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.

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