Welcome, Brother!

Saint Francis of Assisi summoned the earliest friars to “hold back nothing” of themselves, but to instead give themselves totally to Christ.  For eight hundred years, the Franciscan Friars Conventual have striven to heed that summons.

We’re glad to welcome you to our virtual home; it’s exciting to know you are wrestling with questions of discernment and vocation!  Such wrestling is always a good and noble task.  We hope the information offered here will be an important initial step in your journey toward becoming who God created you to be: a man whose life is fundamentally oriented toward the quest for holiness.

On this page you will find an overview of our charism and spirituality; aids for your discernment; info on the process for becoming a friar; postings of upcoming discernment events; and ways to talk personally with one of our friars.

The rest of this website provides a deeper dive into who we are as Conventual Franciscans and the work we do in rebuilding the Church.

Peace and prayers as you pursue your calling to hold back nothing!

Who we are & How to join us

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Videos & Podcasts for your discernment

Talk to a friar:

or find the Vocation Director near you:

East Coast & Canada

United States: MD, DC, NY, PA, NJ, MA, VA, GA, NC, SC, WV, CT, RI, DE, ME, VT, NH, FL, AL;
Canada (Ontario); Great Britain; Ireland; Brazil

Vocation Directors:
Br. Nicholas Romeo, OFM Conv. (East Coast)
vocations@olaprovince.org202-681-6051
Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. (Canada)
vocations.ofmconv.canada@gmail.com613-558-1962
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Midwest & Southwest

United States: IN, OH, KY, NM, MN, TX, LA, MS, AR, OK, TN, SD, ND;
Central America

Vocation Directors:
Fr. Mario Serrano, OFM, Conv.
friarmarioserrano@gmail.com915-859-9848
Fr. Andy Martinez, OFM Conv.
vocationofficesw@yahoo.com210-734-4962
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Midwest

United States: IL, WI, MI, IA, MO, KS, NE, CO;
Australia

Vocation Director: Fr. Hans Flondor, OFM Conv.
FriarVocations@FranciscanCommunity.org847-367-6316
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West Coast

United States: CA, NV, WA, HI, AK, OR, ID, MT, WY, UT, AZ;
Vietnam

Vocation Director: Fr. Victor Abegg, OFM Conv.
vocations@franciscanfriars.org510-671-0537
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The Orient and Holy Land

Lebanon & Turkey

Vocation Director: Friar Elias Marswanian, OFM Conv.
fraeliaspaolo@gmail.org
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Malta

Malta

Vocation Directors: Friar Josef Pace, OFM Conv.
guzeppi_3@hotmail.com
Friar Allister Aquilina, OFM Conv.
lister_aquilina@hotmail.com
LEARN MORE

Upcoming Events

Come & See retreat

February 19-21, 2021
Libertyville, IL