An Advent wreath with two candles lit and the words "Peace during the Pandemic"

Franciscan Vocation Ministry Invites Discerners to Advent Events

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As we light the first candle of the Advent wreath, may the hope of the season – especially during this global pandemic – fill our hearts, minds, and homes as we prepare the way of the Lord. The Franciscan Vocation Ministry of Holy Name Province invites you to celebrate Advent with the Church of St. Francis of Assisi on 31st …

Abraham Joseph Ordained a Priest in Indiana

Jocelyn Thomas Be A Franciscan, Friar News

CEDAR LAKE, Ind. – The smiles were covered by facemasks, and relatives and friends had to witness from afar. But although it upended the original date, location, and plans, not even the global pandemic could contain the jubilation, music, and celebration that filled Holy Name of Jesus Church at last month’s ordination Mass of Abraham Joseph, OFM. “The most beautiful …

Discerning a Religious Vocation in Age of COVID-19

Jocelyn Thomas Be A Franciscan, Friar News

Sharing the joy of Franciscan life with those who are considering a vocation with the Order is continuing despite extreme changes in communication and social interaction driven by the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States and around the world. The Holy Name Province vocation ministry, like most organizations and the Province itself, has revised its methods to adapt to social …

Coronavirus Update: The Friars Are Here For You!

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Pax et bonum—Peace and all good! This Franciscan motto is how St. Francis of Assisi greeted people 800 years ago, and now it is also our sincere wish for you at this very moment, especially as we, together, deal with growing concerns of the coronavirus.

Momentum of Regional Vocation Work Builds

Jocelyn Thomas Be A Franciscan, Friar News

Prayer, community and fraternity, desire to help others, pastoral life and missionary service, social justice advocacy – these are just some elements that draw men to religious vocation with the Franciscan friars. Prospective candidates – also called inquirers and discerners – are aided in the discernment process and are able to learn firsthand about Franciscan life in an abundance of …

‘Trailblazers’ Host Vocation Weekend in Florida

Maria Hayes Be A Franciscan, Friar News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Seven men interested in becoming Franciscan friars spent the weekend learning from some of Holy Name Province’s trailblazers, members of the retirement community of St. Anthony Friary. The friars from Tampa and St. Petersburg welcomed the guests for the first “Come and See/Discernment Weekend Retreat” to be held at the St. Petersburg residence. Organized by the …

Vocation Weekend Energizes Candidates and Friars Alike

Maria Hayes Be A Franciscan, Friar News

BOSTON — The friars at St. Anthony Shrine welcomed six men into their community earlier this month for the Province’s first combination Come and See/Discernment Vocation Weekend. The event, organized by Holy Name Province’s Vocations Office, gave the candidates, men considering Franciscan life, an opportunity to get to know the Franciscan friars on deeper spiritual and fraternal levels, and to …