Who can be a Franciscan Friar?

A candidate for our way of life is:


  • between 21 and 45 years of age
  • a citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of the U.S.
  • in good physical and mental health
  • open to learning about and living a Franciscan religious life in the 21st century
  • committed to living the vows of celibate chastity, poverty and obedience
  • prayerful with a desire to mature in the spiritual life
  • seeking to live and serve in fraternal communities
  • a practicing Roman Catholic for at least two years after the completion of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion)
  • free of significant financial and family obligations
  • a high school graduate, or, if you wish to minister as a priest, completion of at least two years of college

If you meet these guidelines and are discerning a vocation, please contact the Franciscan Vocation Ministry.