Saint Francis of Assisi gave up all he had, turned himself over to God, and embraced a life based on the Gospel. That style of life was so appealing that soon others joined him. These early companions Francis called "Friars," a word derived from the Latin word "frater," meaning brother. God called these friars to serve the Church in a unique way.
The Conventual Franciscan Friars are a worldwide community of priests and brothers who follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit of their founder, St. Francis of Assisi. These friars continually strive to grow in their relationship with Jesus through a life of prayer and ministry. As members of a religious order within the Roman Catholic Church, they embrace the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
There is hardly a place on this vast globe in which the Franciscans have not made a difference. They minister in parishes, schools, missions, and various other apostolic endeavors. As servants of God, the Conventual Franciscans are called to respond to the needs of the Church. They place their talents and skills at the service of God and their brothers and sisters throughout the world.
St. Francis and his early followers stayed together in shelters for the sake of support and prayer. Today, almost 800 years later, the Conventual Franciscan Friars continue this meaningful tradition by living in communities (called friaries). This atmosphere provides a channel where not only prayers and meals are shared, but also where the friars relate the joys, sorrows, and excitement of their lives and ministries. They find support, friendship, and encouragement from one another.
Franciscan life is a journey of faith. If you are interested in walking with us as a Conventual Franciscan Friar, please write or call the Vocation Office for further information or contact one of the friars at the Basilica of St. Josaphat.
Franciscan Vocation Office
St. Bonaventure Province
6107 N. Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660-2797
Telephone: (773) 764-8811