Formation is a process that goes a little like this...
Vocation Office: the first step. The length of this stage depends on your individual needs and discernment. Those 18 – 22 years old are invited to consider being part of the Lateran Program at Saint Bonaventure University to complete their college education. Those who are 22 – 45 are invited to apply for admission as a postulant.
Postulancy: a 12-month program of orientation to Franciscan life and spirituality. It begins in August of each year in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Novitiate: this marks the formal entrance into the Order of Friars Minor (aka Franciscans). During which you will receive the distinctive brown habit. It culminates in taking temporary vows of obedience, to live without anything of your own and chastity. The novices of St. John the Baptist Province attend the Interprovincial Novitiate in Santa Barbara, California. Visit their Facebook Page.
Post Novitiate Formation: After temporary profession of vows (they last for one year), friars live/work/study in Chicago, Illinois, for a minimum of three years. During this very dynamic and exciting time you will continue to learn about the Friar Minor way of life and complete your formal education. What classes you take or which degree program you enter is open for discernment. Friars called to priesthood currently study at Catholic Theological Union.
Solemn Profession: After a minimum of three years of temporary profession of vows, friars are eligible to profession of solemn vows. Such marks the beginning of a full, lifelong membership in the Order of Friars Minor. Thereafter friars either continue studies, should that be necessary, or receive their first assignment.