If what you’ve read about the various ministries and the way of life we lead, and you think God is calling you to this life, please keep the following in mind as you discern God’s call.

Getting Involved with God

Deep personal prayer is where discernment begins. Nothing fancy! Solitude, Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Church are all cherished places of Franciscan discernment. Take a course, make a retreat, read about St. Francis and the Franciscans.

Getting Involved with Oneself

A spiritual director is essential to this kind of examination. A friar or other religious in your area would be a good person with whom to share the details of your journey. Keep a journal! As you meet regularly with your director and friar contact, you will find more clarity.

Getting Involved with Others

When in discernment, it is important to be involved with the Church’s mission. Try out one of the various missions of the Church and see if it fits. Reflect on your experiences with others like yourself who are discerning, and wait patiently. God does not move the heart without providing the grace to respond.

How to Contact Us

If the fraternity in mission sounds like something you feel God is calling you to, please feel free to contact us. First you might visit the Province’s Website at www.iwanttobeafranciscan.org to get more detailed information. To reach our Vocations Director, Fr. Sebastian Sandoval, you may click on the link to connect via email or call:

Fr. Sebastian Sandoval
Province of St. Barbara Directors
Office: (714) 962-3333, ext. 232
Vocation Line: (408) 903-3422/ Spanish: (415) 794-7435

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