For vocational information in discerning a call to the Secular Franciscan Order, please email our Formation Director
Discerning if the Secular Franciscans are Right for You...
The primary goal of those entrusted with the responsibility of admissions to our way of life is discovering the will of God. While we desire to promote vocations and grow in numbers, we avoid what is popularly known as recruitment. Vocational work is ultimately a service offered to benefit the entire Church and not towards the growth and expansion of one particular religious institution.
Discernment is a time when you pray, reflect on, and discuss your desire for vocation. It is our desire to assist serious and mature men and women in discovering that particular state in life where they can sacrifice themselves for the kingdom of God and grow holy. For most people that state of fulfillment is marriage, yet many others would find it in life as religious, clergy, or in the single state. It is during this time that you get to know the Franciscan way of life and we get to know you.
Franciscans are people of the Gospel who follow Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi. Those called to the Franciscan way of life, have found the peace and joy which comes from discovering and doing the will of God, and the love for Christ.
Acceptance into the Order is attained through a time of initiation, a time of formation, and the perpetual profession of the Holy Rule.
Requirements for Formation
The Time of Initiation and Formation
Observer stage, is basically a time where an individual visits a fraternity to determine a possible vocation to the OFS. It is a time whereby an individual attends at least three (3) Fraternity meetings and may or may not proceed into the formation program.