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.

Reporting Abuse

Taking the step to report a complaint of sexual abuse is not easy. The strength and courage to make such a report often comes after many years of suffering. We are sensitive to the needs of survivors and families and committed to aid in the healing process, especially with regard to making an initial complaint. 

Our highest priority is, and will always be, the care of the survivors and in doing our best to prevent further violations of trust.

As these past events unfolded, we took many steps to try and prevent further episodes of abuse; and we continue to look for opportunities to improve our policies and procedures to further minimize risk to those who place their trust in us. We want everyone to be in a safe place as we enjoy God’s blessings.

To report a claim of sexual abuse, contact our Victims’ Assistance Coordinator click here.

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: https://friars.us/become-a-friar/vocations-form to get more detailed information.

To reach our National Vocations Director, Br. Greg Plata, OFM, National Vocation Director, you may click on the link to connect via email or call:

Br. Greg Plata, ofm

Br. Greg Plata, OFM, National Vocation Director

Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Phone: 1-800-677-7788 ext. 345

E-mail: vocation@friars.us

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