The 2015 visit of Pope Francis to the United States was such a powerful moment in our history. The Pope spoke of so many Gospel values which St. Francis of Assisi espoused and offered to us, his followers, as our inheritance. Service to the poor, striving for peace among all people and the care for creation continue to be the Gospel values which Franciscans today promote. In Philadelphia, Pope Francis spoke of an American Saint, St. Katherine Drexel, who was asked a pointed question by the Pope of her day (Pope Leo XIII). He asked her: “What about you? What are you going to do?” That question is pointedly put to us too: What about you?
God may be calling you to make a difference in our world by following Jesus in the footsteps of St. Francis and Pope Francis. Working with the poor, seeking peace and caring for creation is what we Franciscan Friars do today. What about you? Would you like to join us in this mission of discipleship of Jesus? If so, please contact our vocation director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv., via email, snail mail or telephone (his contact information is at the bottom of this page!) He can put you in touch with a friar near you and help you discern God’s call in your life. What about you? Listen to God speak to your heart while the friars hold you in their prayer-filled hearts.
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Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv. – Vocation Director
Franciscan Friars Vocation Office
223 Bedford Avenue #306
Brooklyn, NY 11211
A Friar’s Vocation Prayer
May my life of prayer and service, O Lord, show those I serve the reality of Your Love.
Make me poor, chaste and holy that I may be an example to all who cross my path.
May everything I do tell others I am happy serving them;
may my life be a sign to Your people, especially to those who so carefully observe me, of the joy that should be mine in my vocation.
Use me and my work, O Lord, that I may be the means of bringing dedicated vocations to my Franciscan family.
Please take a moment to visit our Conventual Franciscans in North America website:
where you will find even more helpful vocation information.
Check out our Novitiate Website to learn more about the daily life of a friar in formation.