“If anyone wants to profess our Rule and comes to the friars, they must send him to their provincial minister, because he alone, to the exclusion of others, has permission to receive friars into the Order. The ministers must carefully examine all candidates on the Catholic faith and the Sacraments of the Church. If they believe all that the Catholic faith teaches and are prepared to profess it loyally, holding by it steadfastly to the end of their lives…tell them what the Holy Gospel says (Mt. 19:21), that they should go and sell all that belongs to them and endeavor to give it to the poor…when this has been done, the ministers should clothe the candidates with the habit of probation…”
(Taken from the Rule of 1223 by St. Francis of Assisi)
“Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into the public places, like the first apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of Salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is time to preach from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of the comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern ‘metropolis.’ It is you who must ‘go out into the byroads’ and invite everyone you meet to the banquet which God has prepared for His people. The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our heavenly Father”
- Do you have a desire to share your love for Christ with others?
- Do you love Our Lady and the Roman Catholic Church?
- Do you feel called to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis as a disciple of Jesus?
- Do you desire to embrace the Cross of Christ for the salvation of souls?
If the answer to these questions is yes, we would love to hear from you!
For vocation information, or to discuss a possible vocation to the priesthood or religious life, please contact our vocations director:
Conventual Franciscans of California
Father Thomas Czeck, OFM Conv.
20885 Redwood Rd #210
Castro Valley, CA 94546
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