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!
Your Questions, Answered
Friars' Vocation Stories
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How to join us
Shrine of St. Anthony - Ellicott City, Maryland
The weekend includes:
- an experience of a Solemn Profession
- prayer & fraternity with the friars
- opportunities for Adoration and Confession
- visits to some of our ministries
- time for quiet reflection
- one-on-one with our Vocation Director
- a chance to meet a bunch of friars!
Financial assistance with transportation
will be provided.