Brother Joseph Wood arrived in Australia last year from Chicago, Illinois where he had been vocation director for the Conventual Franciscans’ St. Bonaventure Province, which encompasses the Midwestern United States as well as Australia. In Australia, Brother Joseph is continuing the ministry of vocation director.
To introduce himself to men discerning a vocation across the vast Australian nation, Brother Joseph recorded a video interview. In the video he tells his own vocation story, pointing out that he began thinking about religious life towards the end of high school. He was also drawn to the idea of changing the world and knew that in a community more could be done than if he were working as an individual. Naturally, St. Francis inspired him a great deal too as he continues to inspire people around the world today.
If someone should find him or herself feeling a call to religious life, Brother Joseph, suggests that they pursue it. It is important, he points out, that a person discerning a religious vocation have a spiritual advisor, an experienced individual who can guide you in your journey of discernment. Researching various religious communities and visiting them is another important step in the process. It helps a person better understand the kind of life God’s wants him to take on.
(Source of image with story: St. Bonaventure Province.)