Stages of Formation

Formation in religious life is an ongoing process that begins with the following initial stages:

Contact Program

The first Step in initial formation is contacting the Vocation office. The contact program is the initial stage of conversation and discernment for entering out congregation. The length of this stage of the process depends on your individual needs, and the time and space you may need during your discernment.

After having had the opportunity to learn more about our life as Franciscan Brothers, through various forms of media, conversations and visits, you may be ready to the next step.

Requirements for Entrance
  • be between 18 -50 years of age. Those seeking entrance older than 50 years of age will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for at least 2 years.
  • in good physical and mental health
  • committed to living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience
  • a practicing Catholic for at least 2 years after the completion of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation)
  • free of significant financial and/or family obligations
  • a high school graduate or its equivalency.

Those having participated in out Contact Program and meet the necessary requirements, will be invited to apply for admission as a postulant to the congregation.

Postulancy

Postulancy is a 12 – 24 month program of orientation into our life as Franciscan Brothers. During this time you will be encouraged to minster with our Brothers in various congregational endeavors and ministries. You will also have time set aside for classes to introduce you to our Franciscan Life as Brothers, our prayer and life within out Community.

Typically our postulant program begins in August each year.

After successful completion of postulancy you will be invited to apply for entrance into our Novitiate.

Novitiate

Novitiate is a time of more formally forming your Franciscan identity and intensifying your prayer life. Acceptance into the Novitiate marks your formal entrance into the Congregation, in which you will receive the habit of the Franciscan Brothers. During this “time away” you will further study the life of St. Francis, the Rule and Constitutions of the Congregation, while further deepening your prayer and life in the congregation.

After the completion of your novitiate you will be invited to to profess temporary vows.

Temporary Profession

After the completion of Novitiate, and having been accepted to take the next step in your formation, you will be invited to take Temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for a period of three years. During this time you will be assigned a director to assist you as you live the life as a vowed religious. Time is set aside during this time to continue study on the life of Francis and the history and life of the congregation.

After completing three years in temporary vows and you feel ready you may begin the lifelong step of professing perpetual vows.