How do I become a Friar?

When you contact the Franciscan Vocation Ministry, you will receive an information packet  information on our province, initial formation program and discernment to religious life.

Vocation director Br. Basil Valente, OFM, is available to speak with you about your interest in the friars and answer any questions that you may have. He will also provide ongoing information, guidance and support to assist you with your discernment process.

If you don’t feel ready to speak with the vocation director but would like to get to know a friar and gain insight into everyday friar life, arrangements can be made for you to talk to a friar in your area or visit a friary near you.
Our office also offers a variety of opportunities, including “Come and See” weekends and “Spend a Day with the Friars,” to get a taste of our way of life and ministries. These events are held from September through April at different friaries throughout the Province in the hope that one or more will be convenient to you and fit into your schedule.

Should you decide to pursue a vocation, you will be invited to attend a Franciscan Discernment Weekend at Holy Name College, our house of formation in Silver Spring, Md. There you will enter into conversation with members of the vocation team regarding your call to religious life. You will also have an opportunity to speak with student friars about their experiences in initial formation.

The Franciscan Discernment Weekend helps to inform decision-making regarding formal application with our Province. If you are invited to apply, your application will be considered by the Board of Admissions. Board members, who are appointed by the Provincial Minister, make determinations regarding admission into our initial formation program.

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sandamianoPrayer for Discernment

“Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me, Lord, a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, insight and wisdom, so that I may carry out Your holy and true command.”

— St. Francis of Assisi