Welcome to the Franciscan Vocation Ministry of
Holy Name Province!
Are you being called to our way of life?
Have you ever considered becoming a Franciscan friar?
We hope that the information provided on these pages will invite you to consider a rewarding, fulfilling life of dedicated service to God's people. Bring along your gifts, talents, and life experiences, and join a movement that for 800 years has been rebuilding and renewing the Church. We look forward to hearing from you, answering questions, and assisting you in discerning your call.

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.
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Becoming a Friar

Are you considering a call to the Franciscan way of life? Read about our guidelines for men interested in joining us, how we can help you explore a vocation and formation to friar life.
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About Holy Name Province

Only eight years after Francis’ band of Lesser Brothers received Papal approval, their rapid growth led them to form regional units or provinces in 1217.
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Meet Your Vocation Ministry Support Team

Larry Anderson, OFM
Siena College (Albany, NY)
Juan Turcios, OFM
Chicago, IL
Michael Reyes, OFM
New York, NY
Henry Fulmer, OFM
Triangle, VA
Octavio Duran, OFM
Butler, NJ
John Aherne, OFM
Pompton Lakes, NJ
Basil Valente, OFM
Director of Vocations
Benjamin Simpson
Office Administrator
Want to learn more about becoming a Franciscan Friar? Contact one of our 25 regional vocation directors today! Located at ministries throughout the East Coast and Midwest, our regional vocation directors are here to assist you with the discernment process. Their backgrounds are diverse and their ministries are varied – they work in parish ministry, education and campus ministry, diverse urban ministry centers, direct service to the poor, and other nontraditional ministries. All of them bring something different to our Franciscan fraternity.

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New Novices Arrive in California

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  The Boston Herald is publishing an exciting four part series about our brothers at St. Anthony Shrine! The first installment, which you can...
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