This year, National Vocation Awareness Week takes place from November 6 to 12. Sponsored and supported by United States bishops, the week will foster prayers, conversations and reflections on vocations in churches and homes across the country.
God calls each one of us to a vocation. Some of us get married; others stay single; while still others become priests or religious. The Franciscan Conventual vocation directors across the United States help men who are inspired by St. Francis of Assisi discern their vocation with the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. These five men whose names are Friars Russell, John, Hans, Andy, and Paul look forward to addressing vocation discernment during National Vocation Awareness Week. In their ministry, however, helping people understand their vocations is something they do on a daily basis.
Friars Russell, John, Hans, Andy and Paul also organize and lead Come and See Retreats. These are usually weekend opportunities for discerning men to spend time with Franciscans in a friary. Retreatants pray, learn about Franciscan life, and talk with friars. At the end they have spiritual experiences and a better sense in which direction God wants them to move.
If you are excited by the idea of being a Franciscan, then a Come and See Retreat will help you move along in your discernment. Our vocation directors have retreats coming up in Ohio, New Mexico and Maryland. Others will be added to the schedule in the near future. To learn more, please visit this webpage.
(Source of image: St. Francis Novitiate.)