Franciscan Discerners Say ‘Yes,’ Begin Next Step of Vocation Journey with Order of Friars Minor
Class of ’22 Welcomed to Interprovincial Postulancy Program in Maryland

By Stephen Mangione Be A Franciscan, Home Page – News

On Monday, Feb. 28th at 11 a.m., the New York City Fire Museum will be hosting the grand opening of their new historical exhibit, “FDNY Franciscan Chaplain History,” which showcases the 40 year history of the Franciscan friars as FDNY chaplains.

Two young men, both wearing gray shirts, stand next to a friar, who is wearing a pink shirt with tiny foxes. The group is standing in a chapel with a San Damiano cross and stained glass. All three men are smiling.

Meet Holy Name Province’s Two New Postulants-To-Be

HNP Franciscan Vocation Ministry Be A Franciscan, Home Page – News

On Sunday, Aug. 1, St. Francis of Assisi Friary in New York City welcomed and hosted the province’s two newest postulants-to-be, John Paul Kashmer and Martin Tran, who are scheduled to be welcomed into the interprovincial postulancy program at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., later this month. The postulants enjoyed three days of fraternity with the friars. On Sunday evening, …

The booth used at the 2021 RECongress (Image courtesy of the US-6 OFM Franciscan Vocation Ministry)

HNP Friars and Other US-6 OFM Vocation Directors Promote Franciscan Life at Virtual Conferences

Jocelyn Thomas Be A Franciscan, Friar News

A full selection of liturgies, presentations, musical performances, information booths, and small-group breakout sessions were among the highlights of two national Catholic conferences held virtually last month. Although the implementation of both events was anything but normal, these types of virtual experiences have quickly become the norm for the Holy Name Province and other US-6 OFM vocation offices – all of which collaboratively participated at the conferences to promote the Franciscan charism to men discerning religious life.

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 …

Novices Receive Franciscan Habit

Jocelyn Thomas Be A Franciscan, Friar News

The traditional ritual of investiture was held at the Interprovincial Novitiate at Old Mission Santa Barbara on Oct. 20, when 10 novices representing four OFM provinces – and who completed three months of novitiate – each received the habit of the Order of Friars Minor.

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 …