Vocations

Vocations 2017-05-14T20:08:18+00:00


  • Do you Feel called to Serve God?

    Do you Feel called to Serve God?
    ...as a Franciscan Brother


  • Discernment

    Discernment
    ...Listening to God


  • Discernment Prayer

    Discernment Prayer
    ...Deus Meus et Omnia


  • Stages of Formation

    Stages of Formation
    ...walking in the footprints of Christ


  • Brotherhood Video

    Brotherhood Video
    ...speaking about our vocation


  • Connect with us

    Connect with us
    ...Connect with the Vocation office

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Do you Feel called to Serve God?
...as a Franciscan Brother

 

Is this life for you?
As you discern, through prayer and conversation will you decide to become a Franciscan Brother?

"Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! It is possible to live differently in the world"  -Pope Francis

When first asked, is this life is for you, many may brush it off or shy away from the conversation. Then God intervenes and places before you many opportunities to pray, listen and look more deeply at the question. And here you are looking at a website; curious maybe, confused - how did i end up here! God works in and through us in many different ways. We invite you to pray and explore and be open to the question "is this life for me?"

And as Pope Francis said during the year for Consecrated life, that those seeking to understand if they have a vocation to religious life to:  “be courageous” dare to discern a religious vocation, to a life lived fully in Christ and in service. “Wake up the World” with your life!


Please contact: Brother Mark Waldmann, O.S.F. @ vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org to find out how you can "Wake up the World" by being a Franciscan Brother

Discernment
...Listening to God

The Discernment is a time of listening, talking, praying and acting on the stirrings of God and the Holy Spirit. The time it takes to come to understand or discern what God is calling you to cannot be defined in days, weeks, months or years; it is a process and that process can take longer for some to fully grasp what God is asking.

The Process begins with:

Listening

Discernment begins with listening, not only with our ears but with our hearts. You listen to what God and others are saying to you, and you need to listen in the silent moments of your life. You need to listen to what you are saying to yourself, both through your actions and through your emotions.

What is your reaction when you are asked or think about being a Religious / or a Priest? How do you feel when you think about living a celibate lifestyle, living in community, following the call to live the Gospel?
LISTEN to yourself! God tries to call us in ways that we can understand even when we are unaware.


Talking

Discernment cannot be done alone or in isolation. You need to talk about the stirring of God in your life, just as you talk about your hopes and dreams for the future. To some this can become a hard part in the discernment process. But you want to understand, to what it is you are being called.

Whom should you talk to? Talk to your friends, parents, teachers, a Priest or Brother, a Vocation Director or a Spiritual Director; Anyone you trust and respect; Anyone with whom you can share your inner thoughts and desires and fears concerning entering a religious community or the Priesthood. As you enter into these conversations listen to your concerns and questions. Are they getting deeper? Are you getting a greater sense of ease, clarity, understanding of the movement of God and the Spirit in your life? Where do these conversations take you and what questions begin to surface?


Praying

Talking and listening to God is the heart of prayer. When we pray we are actively inviting God into communication with us in a more profound way. In praying it is important to let God know what is truly in your heart and mind, but also remembering to allow for some time for him to answer. God often answers through our thoughts and feeling as we pray as well as through other people and situations around us. For St. Francis it was an encounter with a leper on the road that caught his attention to God moving through him. When we pray we become open to God’s presence in us and around us. Are you open to the moving of the Spirit in your life in a more profound way through prayer?


Action

The last step, but not necessarily the end, of the discernment process is acting on the result of your listening, talking and praying. Taking the next step in the conversation by meeting with a Brother or contacting the Vocation Director. Explore opportunities to encounter and/or be a part of community activities, or schedule a Come and See with the Vocation director. Open a conversation with a religious Brother, to learn more deeply the experience of their life and yours.

One of the big parts of the discernment process is finding a Congregation that best fits your experience of God in your life. This can take time. You need to take the step to open conversation with various religious communities to find the one that fits your experience. Be open and listen and pray.

For more information about the Franciscan Brothers, contact us at vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org or browse through our website.

Discernment Prayer
...Deus Meus et Omnia

ST. FRANCIS' PRAYER FOR DISCERNMENT
THE PRAYER BEFORE THE CRUCIFIX

Most High,

Glorious God,

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.

Stages of Formation
...walking in the footprints of Christ
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.

Brotherhood Video
...speaking about our vocation
Connect with us
...Connect with the Vocation office

THOSE WHO THROUGH THE LORD’S INSPIRATION COME TO US DESIRING TO ACCEPT THIS WAY OF LIFE … ARE TO BE RECEIVED KINDLY.

If you would like to know more about the Franciscan Brothers feel free to contact me, Br. Mark, at the Vocation Office: vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org I will be happy to send you a packet of information describing our way of life, who we are and what we do.

As you continue to discern your vocation with us, we would ask that you please complete the Contact form below. This form is NOT an application, and you are not required to fill out all the information requested below. The purpose of this information is to get to know you a little better and see where you are in your discernment process. The information you share will only be shared with those people who are involved in your discernment process with us.

As part of the Contact Form below is an option to be added to the Vocation Department’s email mailing list. Over the course of the year, we send updates to those who are discerning with us, about opportunities come and visit, discernment information, reflections and prayer requests.

After having gathering information about us, having had an opportunity to witness our way of life through a Come and See and having many of your questions answered. Through prayer and conversation, you may find that you would like to apply for admittance into our Congregation.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have as you discern what God is calling you to.

Brother Mark Waldmann, O.S.F.
St. Francis Monastery
135 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org
718-858-8217 ex. 18 or 631-973-6005

Contact Information




Personal Information


Medical Informtion
Faith Formation
Family - Debt - Education - Employment Information
Vocation Information

Do you Feel called to Serve God?
...as a Franciscan Brother

 

Is this life for you?
As you discern, through prayer and conversation will you decide to become a Franciscan Brother?

"Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! It is possible to live differently in the world"  -Pope Francis

When first asked, is this life is for you, many may brush it off or shy away from the conversation. Then God intervenes and places before you many opportunities to pray, listen and look more deeply at the question. And here you are looking at a website; curious maybe, confused - how did i end up here! God works in and through us in many different ways. We invite you to pray and explore and be open to the question "is this life for me?"

And as Pope Francis said during the year for Consecrated life, that those seeking to understand if they have a vocation to religious life to:  “be courageous” dare to discern a religious vocation, to a life lived fully in Christ and in service. “Wake up the World” with your life!


Please contact: Brother Mark Waldmann, O.S.F. @ vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org to find out how you can "Wake up the World" by being a Franciscan Brother

Discernment
...Listening to God

The Discernment is a time of listening, talking, praying and acting on the stirrings of God and the Holy Spirit. The time it takes to come to understand or discern what God is calling you to cannot be defined in days, weeks, months or years; it is a process and that process can take longer for some to fully grasp what God is asking.

The Process begins with:

Listening

Discernment begins with listening, not only with our ears but with our hearts. You listen to what God and others are saying to you, and you need to listen in the silent moments of your life. You need to listen to what you are saying to yourself, both through your actions and through your emotions.

What is your reaction when you are asked or think about being a Religious / or a Priest? How do you feel when you think about living a celibate lifestyle, living in community, following the call to live the Gospel?
LISTEN to yourself! God tries to call us in ways that we can understand even when we are unaware.


Talking

Discernment cannot be done alone or in isolation. You need to talk about the stirring of God in your life, just as you talk about your hopes and dreams for the future. To some this can become a hard part in the discernment process. But you want to understand, to what it is you are being called.

Whom should you talk to? Talk to your friends, parents, teachers, a Priest or Brother, a Vocation Director or a Spiritual Director; Anyone you trust and respect; Anyone with whom you can share your inner thoughts and desires and fears concerning entering a religious community or the Priesthood. As you enter into these conversations listen to your concerns and questions. Are they getting deeper? Are you getting a greater sense of ease, clarity, understanding of the movement of God and the Spirit in your life? Where do these conversations take you and what questions begin to surface?


Praying

Talking and listening to God is the heart of prayer. When we pray we are actively inviting God into communication with us in a more profound way. In praying it is important to let God know what is truly in your heart and mind, but also remembering to allow for some time for him to answer. God often answers through our thoughts and feeling as we pray as well as through other people and situations around us. For St. Francis it was an encounter with a leper on the road that caught his attention to God moving through him. When we pray we become open to God’s presence in us and around us. Are you open to the moving of the Spirit in your life in a more profound way through prayer?


Action

The last step, but not necessarily the end, of the discernment process is acting on the result of your listening, talking and praying. Taking the next step in the conversation by meeting with a Brother or contacting the Vocation Director. Explore opportunities to encounter and/or be a part of community activities, or schedule a Come and See with the Vocation director. Open a conversation with a religious Brother, to learn more deeply the experience of their life and yours.

One of the big parts of the discernment process is finding a Congregation that best fits your experience of God in your life. This can take time. You need to take the step to open conversation with various religious communities to find the one that fits your experience. Be open and listen and pray.

For more information about the Franciscan Brothers, contact us at vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org or browse through our website.

Discernment Prayer
...Deus Meus et Omnia

ST. FRANCIS' PRAYER FOR DISCERNMENT
THE PRAYER BEFORE THE CRUCIFIX

Most High,

Glorious God,

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.

Stages of Formation
...walking in the footprints of Christ
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.

Brotherhood Video
...speaking about our vocation
Connect with us
...Connect with the Vocation office

THOSE WHO THROUGH THE LORD’S INSPIRATION COME TO US DESIRING TO ACCEPT THIS WAY OF LIFE … ARE TO BE RECEIVED KINDLY.

If you would like to know more about the Franciscan Brothers feel free to contact me, Br. Mark, at the Vocation Office: vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org I will be happy to send you a packet of information describing our way of life, who we are and what we do.

As you continue to discern your vocation with us, we would ask that you please complete the Contact form below. This form is NOT an application, and you are not required to fill out all the information requested below. The purpose of this information is to get to know you a little better and see where you are in your discernment process. The information you share will only be shared with those people who are involved in your discernment process with us.

As part of the Contact Form below is an option to be added to the Vocation Department’s email mailing list. Over the course of the year, we send updates to those who are discerning with us, about opportunities come and visit, discernment information, reflections and prayer requests.

After having gathering information about us, having had an opportunity to witness our way of life through a Come and See and having many of your questions answered. Through prayer and conversation, you may find that you would like to apply for admittance into our Congregation.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have as you discern what God is calling you to.

Brother Mark Waldmann, O.S.F.
St. Francis Monastery
135 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
vocations@franciscanbrothersosf.org
718-858-8217 ex. 18 or 631-973-6005

Contact Information




Personal Information


Medical Informtion
Faith Formation
Family - Debt - Education - Employment Information
Vocation Information