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Thirteen Novices Receive The Habit

BURLINGTON, Wis. — On Nov. 20, the feast of Christ the King, 13 novices from seven Franciscan entities received their habits of probation at the Interprovincial Novitiate. Those completing the rite of investiture included four Holy Name Province friars — James Bernard, OFM,...
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Franciscan Mega-Conference 2016 Begins with Talk by Minister General

Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, opened the 2016 Franciscan Mega-Conference with his keynote talk titled “Lesser Brothers on a Vocation Journey of Mercy.” Fr. Michael highlighted eight key “tools” that are essential for...
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Faith Without Borders: World Youth Day, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter with the Pope that is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. Vocation director Fr. Brian Smail, OFM, had the opportunity to attend the 2013 event, which took place from July 23rd to 28th in...
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Pope Francis: “Be Fearless, Humble and Joyful Witnesses to the Gospel” – Part 2

The following is Part 2 of an article on Pope Francis’ meeting in Vatican City with seminarians, novices and young people discerning their vocations. For Part 1 of this article, click here. “To be joyful witnesses to the Gospel you need to be authentic and coherent,” he...
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Advent Wisdom from the Stranger in the Bathroom Mirror

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM I have worn a mustache since law school 30-plus years ago. I shaved it off on a whim about 10 years later, but almost immediately I grew it back. I missed it. It was like a piece of me. Last winter doing Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic, I...
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Franciscan Green (Part 2)

The following is Part 2 of an interview conducted with Fr. Joe Rozansky, OFM, international director of JPIC. In it, Fr. Joe explains why the Franciscans care about the environment and what each of us can do to help out with the cause. The article was written by Alicia von...
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Welcome to Our New Vocation Office Blog!

Dear friends, Welcome to our new blog, “Be A Franciscan: News and Views From the Franciscan Vocation Ministry.” Have you ever considered making a “life shift?” Do you feel a possible call to our Franciscan way of life? My name is Fr. Brian Smail, OFM,...
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