A candidate for religious life as a Franciscan friar is usually:

  • Between 21 and 40 years of age. Candidates not in this age group will be considered
    on a case by case basis.
  • A United States citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • Of good physical and mental health.
  • A high-school graduate who, preferably, has completed at least two years
    of college.
  • Free of significant financial and family obligations.
  • A practicing Roman Catholic for at least two years after the completion of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation).
  • Prayerful, with a desire to mature in the spiritual life.
  • Open to learning about himself and the demands of Franciscan religious life.
  • Committed to living the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
  • Able to live and serve joyfully within fraternal community.
  • Able to compassionately serve the poor, vulnerable, and those different from himself.

If for some reason you do not meet all of these requirements, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our vocation team. We are available for a conversation about your particular circumstances.

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