Discerning Our Community

Do you think that the Lord might be calling you to a Franciscan religious vocation? To leave the world behind for the sake of the Gospel? To become all fire for love of Christ and His Church? We welcome the opportunity to walk with mature young men who desire to discern whether the Lord may be inviting them to our community.

Discernment is a process. It can take time to understand the movement of the Holy Spirit in the heart and to distinguish the voice of the Lord from your own. Our goal throughout each step is to help you hear His voice more clearly and to respond generously to whatever He may ask of you.

The initial discernment of our community involves conversation, prayer, and a visit. Our vocation director will work with you to arrange times to speak so that we can get to know you and so that you can ask questions about the community. He may also invite you to a Come and See. This would mean an opportunity to spend a couple of days living and praying with us to better get a sense of our spirituality, our mission, and our fraternity.

After some time, and if both you and the vocation director discern that the Lord is inviting you to take the next step in the discernment process, you may be invited to apply. If accepted, you would be received into the community as a postulant and could expect to progress through formation in the following stages:

Postulancy: The candidate’s time of postulancy is at least three months. These three months allow the candidate to transition into the rhythm of prayer, work, and study.

Novitiate: If both the candidate and the community discern that it is fitting, the candidate will be formally admitted into the novitiate. He will receive a habit and a new religious name. For the next 18 months, he will spend most of his time in prayer and study. This remains a time of discernment for the candidate as he allows the Holy Spirit to conform his will to the Father’s.

Temporary Profession: At the end of the 18 months, the novice may request to make temporary promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience. These promises would be renewed at least twice before final profession. During this time, the brother can also request to discern the priesthood and may begin seminary. After three years, at his request and at the invitation of the community, the brother may be invited to make a perpetual profession of these promises.

You can read more about each stage of the process in paragraphs 9-17 of our Statutes, found here.

Getting to Know You

If you would like to begin a conversation about discerning with our community, we invite you to complete the form below and our vocation director will be in touch.