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vocational discernment

My First 24 Hours

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM Vacation is over and it’s on to the next thing: summer assignment at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden, N.J. If the first 24 hours here are any indication of how the summer is going to go, it’s going to be a full summer. I hit the ground running the...
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Another Way to Discern Your Vocation: Consider Being a Franciscan Volunteer!

By Fr. Mike Duffy, OFM The process of discernment is never a “one size fits all” process of considering God’s call. Prayer, reflection, having a good spiritual director, and talking over questions and concerns with the Vocation Director are all important. But some young people...
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A Life Ordained by God

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM At the beginning of Postulancy I had the privilege of attending a solemn profession of two of our brothers within the first week. In my post at the time, I mentioned that it was a great experience to have before starting because it offered a clear picture...
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Pope Francis: “Be Fearless, Humble and Joyful Witnesses to the Gospel” – Part 1

The following is the first of two installments on Pope Francis’ meeting in Vatican City with young men and women in formation to diocesan and religious life, as well as those thinking about a possible religious vocation. On the afternoon of Saturday, July 6, the Pope met...
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My Journey to Franciscan Life

By Br. Walter Liss, OFM My five-year journey as a Franciscan has taken me along many unexpected, challenging, and joyful paths. When people ask me why I joined the Franciscans, I always put the blame on God, since a religious vocation was not my idea. When I joined, the whole...
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Come and See! (Part 2)

The following is the second of two installments of an article taken from the 2013 Catholic Religious Vocation Discernment Guide. Please note that author Laura Dodson uses the phrase “discernment retreat” to refer to opportunities for those discerning a religious...
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Come and See! (Part 1)

The following is the first of two installments of an article taken from the 2013 Catholic Religious Vocation Discernment Guide. If you look closely, you’ll see several quotes from our vocation director Fr. Brian Smail, OFM. (Hint: Halfway through the “Be Open”...
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My Franciscan Journey

By Fr. Guy Morgan, OFM Vocations to religious life don’t suddenly pop up; they percolate over time. At least that’s how my Franciscan journey evolved. I was born in a good Catholic family, a middle child between an older brother and a younger sister. I grew up during the...
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My Vocation Story

By Stephen DeWitt, OFM I first got a glimpse of what it means to be Franciscan through my parents who have been members of the Secular Franciscan Order for almost 30 years. From them I learned who St. Francis was and began to know and love the ideals by which he lived his life....
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