Recommended Resources


Discerning a Vocation

Called: New Thinking on Christian Vocation by M. Basil Pennington, OCSO. Minneapolis, MN: The Seabury Press, 1983.

Getting a Life: How to Find Your True Vocation by Renée M. LaReau. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.

If Today You Hear His Voice by Roch Kereszty, O. Cist. North Hills, CA: Rogationist Publications, 1998.

Religious Life & You: A Compilation of the Best of Vision Magazine. Evanston, IL: Berry Publishing Services, Inc., 1996. (Can be ordered from Vision – See listing below under “Internet Resources”)

Vocations Anonymous: A Handbook for Adults Discerning Priesthood and Religious Life by Kathy Bryant, RSC. Chicago, IL: National Coalition for Church Vocations, 1997.

Wise Choices: A Spiritual Guide to Making Life’s Decisions by Margaret Silf. New York, NY: Bluebridge, 2004.

Franciscan Friars (Order of Friars Minor)

Francis & His Brothers: A Popular History of the Franciscan Friars by Dominic Monti, OFM. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2009.

Franciscans in Urban Ministry by Ken Himes, OFM. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, St. Bonaventure University, 2002.

The Franciscans: Love at Work by Boniface Hanley, OFM, and Salvator Fink, OFM. Paterson, NJ: St. Anthony Guild Press, 1962.

A History of the Franciscan Order From Its Origins to the Year 1517, by John Moorman. Chicago, IL: Franciscan Herald Press, 1968.

Poverty and Joy: The Franciscan Tradition by William Short, OFM. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1999.

Franciscan Spirituality and Prayer

Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis by Daniel Horan, OFM, Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2012.

The Cross was Their Book: Meditations on St. Francis’ Prayer Before a Crucifix by Andre Cirino, OFM. Tau Publishing, 2009.

Franciscan Prayer by Ilia Delio, OSF. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2004.

The Prayers of Saint Francis compiled by W. Bader. Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 1988.

Holy Name Province

A Friar’s Joy: Magic Moments From Real Life edited by Kevin Cronin, OFM. New York, NY: The Continuum Publishing Company, 1997.

‘Peace and Good’ in America: A History of Holy Name Province Order of Friars Minor 1850s to the Present by Joseph M. White. Ireland: BookLink, 2004.

Religious Life

Religious Life Today: Re-Thinking a Promise by William Reiser. North Hills, CA: Rogate Publications, 1994.

St. Francis of Assisi

Francis: The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo, OFM. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1988.

The Francis Book: 800 Years with the Saint from Assisi compiled and edited by Roy Gasnick, OFM. New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1980.

Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto. New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2002.

Saint Francis by Nikos Kazantzakis. Chicago, IL: Loyola Classics, 2005.

The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace by Paul Moses. New York: Doubleday Religion, 2009.

Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton. New York, NY: Image Books/Doubleday, 1957.

St. Francis of Assisi by John R. H. Moorman. Chicago, IL: Franciscan Herald Press, 1950.

Francis of Assisi and His World by Mark Galli. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography by Omer Englebert. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1965.

St. Francis of Assisi: The Legend and the Life by Michael Robson, OFM, Conv. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1997.

St. Francis of Assisi: The Message in His Writings by Thaddee Matura, OFM. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, 1997.

The Way of St. Francis: The Challenge of Franciscan Spirituality for Everyone by Murray Bodo, OFM. Cincinnati, OH: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1995.

The Wisdom of the Poor One of Assisi by Eloi Leclerc. Pasadena, CA: Hope Publishing House, 1992.

The Writings of St. Francis by Gianluigi Uboldi. Edizioni Porziuncola: Casa Editrice Francescana-Assisi, 1994.


St. Francis of Assisi
El Hermano de Asís by Ignacio Larrañaga. Uruguay: Lumen, 1993.


Vocation Guides

(Provide information on religious orders and facilitate contacting ones of interest)

Vision Vocation Network

Guide to Religious Ministries

Vocations Placement Services

!OYE¡ (Spanish)

Vocation Websites

National Religious Vocation Conference

For Your Vocation

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Busted Halo

Related Organizations:
Franciscan Mission Service

Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

Secular Franciscan Order (The National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order – USA)