• Usually men who are considering a Franciscan way of life will contact the Vocation Directors. They will attend a Come and See Weekend where they will experience our life, prayer, ministry, and friars of the province.

  • The Vocation Directors will assist candidates in discerning God's call to religious life and to proceed with the needed application and procedures.



  • The Interprovincial Postulancy Program is located at Holy Name College Friary in Silver Springs, MD. It is a time of residential discernment. A Postulant live in the midst of a friar community and keep the friars' fraternal and prayer schedule.

  • An important component of Postulancy is developing one's relationship with God through personal and communal prayer, attending to God's Word, spiritual direction and reading, days of recollection and retreat.

  • Study, ministry, fraternal sharing, and spiritual dialog will help a Postulant explore his capacity for being-for-others, and personal growth.



  • The Interprovincial Novitiate is located at Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA.

  • A Novice continues to study and learn about the life and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, about vowed religious life, and about being a Franciscan in the Church and the world today.

  • Novitiate ends with the novice makes first profession of vows: poverty, chastity and obedience.

  • Moving the novitiate to Santa Barbara allows for greater collaboration with the Capuchin and Coventual friars whose novitiates are located nearby.

Time of Temporary Profession

  • St. Joseph Friary in Chicago serves as the site for Post-Novitiate Formation. The focus of this interprovincial program is preparation for life-long commitment in the Order of Friars Minor.

  • A temporarily professed Friar spends time in integration: prayer, ministry, theological study, opportunity for personal growth.

  • Post-Novitiate formation conludes when a Friar makes his solemn profession.


Ordination / Professional Training

  • Those brothers (Friars) called to priesthood attend Catholic Theological Union for studies. They normally reside at St. Peter Friary in Chicago.

  • Those brothers who are called to further study in preparation for other ministries attend the appropriate institution and live in a friary close to their center of training.

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