Who are we?
We live the way of life established by St. Francis of Assisi 800+ years ago. Yes, our distinctive brown habit attracts attention but most of all we want our alternative lifestyle to stand out as a living witness to the Goodness of God and the joy of living the Gospel in the 21st century. We have fraternities of friars around the USA and even in Jamaica! We serve the Catholic Church in high schools, universities, parishes, hospitals (as nurses and chaplains), in inner city ministries,retreat houses, publishing (books, social media & internet content with "Franciscan Media"), and missions both foreign and domestic. In all of our ministries we preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. Join us in living the gospel in fraternity, in simplicity and most of all joyfully!
Is this life for you?
Do you feel a stirring in your heart? Do things that once brought you a great deal of joy no longer capture your interest as before? Well, even Saint Francis of Assisi had a similar experience. Eventually he figured out what God was asking of him. He came to discover that God was calling him to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a radical way. Perhaps he is calling you to do the same!
Try this Prayer:
St. Francis’ PRAYER BEFORE THE CRUCIFIX
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith, certain hope,
and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord
that I may carry out
Your holy and true command. Amen.
It’s a process and every process takes time
Discernment cannot be done in isolation. You need to talk with others about your hopes and dreams for the future.
Your discernment involves both listening with your ears and with your heart. You listen to what God and others are saying to you. You listen to what you are saying physically and emotionally to yourself.
Listening with the heart is especially important in prayer. Praying entails being aware of God’s presence within us and seeking to know what God intends for our lives.
The final part of your discernment is taking some action as a result of your talking, listening, and praying. For example: calling a Vocation Director to discuss your call.
A good fit
To a large extent, discernment is the process of finding the best fit. God calls and a religious institute/diocese helps affirm that call resulting in finding, "the right fit."