Have you ever though about
becoming a Capuchin Franciscan Friar ?
Are you at a stage in life where you are wondering what life is all about, and discerning what future life holds for you? Perhaps you are beginning to hear the gentle voice of God inviting you to become a Capuchin Franciscan Friar! To live the Gospel of His Son Jesus in the footsteps of St. Francis - 'living' the Gospel...'making' a difference! Here is a good place to begin to more clearly hear the Master calling to you, “Come follow me"! Listening to the voice of the Lord.
From the time that Jesus called the first disciples, to the gathering of brothers around St. Francis of Assisi, to this very day, men are listening to God’s call to follow Christ as Capuchinfriars. In the spirit of St. Francis, Capuchins are loyal sons of the Church and enthusiastic witnesses to God’s gracious generosity.
Capuchins are found on every continent but Antarctica, and they number nearly 12,000 world-wide, with the greatest growth in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Even in North America there is a resurgence of vocations to the Capuchin way of life.
God may indeed call men and women to perform specific works, but the Capuchin vocation is a call to a way of life for a lifetime. Of course, among the friars there is interest in a wide variety of ministries; but each of the friars is committed to prayer and a life of intimacy with the Lord; to being a witness to the goodness and mercy of our God; to living the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience; and devoted to the brotherhood of the friars, in union with the people among whom they live and serve.
It is a life of challenges and sacrifices; it is not easy, nor for the faint of heart. Every friar embraces the cross in his daily life, knowing even in small ways the sufferings that our Saviour endured for us. Christ Crucified is at the centre of the friar’s life.
Listening to the voice of the Lord
The invitation of Jesus to his friends was very simple: "Come and see!" This same invitation is made today. The exploration of a vocation is done step by step. It is a gradual response to the call of God. The Capuchin-Franciscans offer various opportunities to men between 18 and 40 years old to explore their vocation. The process is experiential and mutual: If you are interested and fulfill the initial pre-requisites, then you can 'come and see' if the life and ministry of the Capuchin-Franciscan friars is for you and answers the desires of your heart. On our part, we friars will help you in your discernment. In any case, the goal is the same: the peace of knowing the will of God for you and the inner strength to take another step to make it real. In these pages you can explore the main steps in this process.
A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE
0 most high and glorious God; You called Saint Francis of Assisi to follow your Son Jesus in the spirit of gospel poverty, humility and charity. You inspired others to follow Francis by the power of his example. Through the intercession of Saints Francis and Clare, grant that there will be an increase in vocations in the church. Most especially we pray that those you call to follow in the footsteps of Francis will generously respond to that invitation as Capuchin in the example of Francis and Clare; we ask this in the name of Jesus and Mary. Amen