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Be a Franciscan Video Series: Discerning a Vocation

Br. Casey Cole, OFM discusses discerning a vocation to religious life. Br. Casey Cole, OFM invites the participants of the February, 2015 Come and See Discernment Retreat to reflect on the 40 days of Lent and what they mean in relation to discerning a call to religious life.
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Really, Would You Do It With Me?

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM During a trip to Greenville, S.C., last month, Br. Casey Cole, OFM, spoke to parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Church during several weekend Masses. Describing God’s constant and supportive presence in our lives, he shared a bit of his own...
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Assisi Reflection: “Sacred Ground”

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM Recently I had the opportunity to accompany a group of friars on a pilgrimage to Assisi, where the history of the Franciscan movement had its birth in a man named Francis. Many people come to Assisi to witness the sheer beauty of this hill town in the...
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Pope Francis’s Thoughts on Responding to God’s Call – Part 2

The following is the continuation of Pope Francis’s homily during his March 19 inaugural Mass. In it, he speaks of the importance of tenderness in protecting and caring for all people, especially children, the elderly and those in need, as well as creation. Click here for...
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Can You See Yourself in These Men?

In an earlier blog, I announced and welcomed five postulants, or men who recently began their first year of formation to Franciscan life and ministry. I shared how it was to work with them and see them progress through the discernment process. I would like to take this...
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Clarity on the Mountain

I recently attended a retreat for men discerning a call to Franciscan life held at Mt. Irenaeus in Western New York. It was a very special time for me, for different reasons. First of all, just getting to be with the friars – cooking with them, eating with them, talking...
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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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