Let's talk about Vocations

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St. Raphael’s Church in Burlington, Ontario

Peace to all!

My name is Cristian Lecanda. I am the Youth Minister at St. Raphael’s Church in Burlington, Ontario.

For the last 6 years I have being working with young people at our church and schools. After a talk with Friar John Voytek, the new administrator at St. Raphael’s, about starting conversations on vocations to religious life, he suggested that I get in touch with Friar Russell Governale, the Conventual Franciscans’ vocation director for Canada. After a good chat on Skype, Friar Russell and I determined the following:

1- We would like to develop a permanent group of young men who meet in the evenings to talk about discernment and the Franciscan way of life.

2- Friar Russell agrees to make himself available and bring, when possible, another friar with him to these evening get-togethers.

3- The evenings will be simple and with a focus on St. Francis’ life, the Franciscan Order and vocations as a personal and special call from God.

4- Our first evening is set for the weekend of November 22-23, 2014. More details are to follow.

5- We are looking for men between 20 and 35 years of age to attend our evening discussions.

What do we need from you?

Look around and invite young men from your parish and ministry who may benefit from our upcoming conversations. With time and follow-up we will help them open up to God’s call in their lives.

Where and how can we promote this event?

Bulletin boards and weekend bulletins at your parish are a great way to promote our meeting on vocations. Approaching individuals personally who you think might be called to religious life is however the best way to spread the word about our event.

Here at St. Raphael’s Church we will also promote our meeting on vocations by, in part, sending out invitations to parishes in our deanery and other locations that are to be determined.

Thanks and God bless.

Cristian Lecanda

Youth Minister.

St. Raphael’s Church, Burlington.

 

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Upcoming Vocation Events

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St. Bonaventure Province (United States Midwest)

Come and See Weekend

When? October 31 to November 2, 2014.

Note: To register or learn more, please contact Friar Hans Flondor at 847-367-6316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Come and See Weekend

When? December 5 to December 8, 2014.

Note: To register or learn more, please contact Friar Hans Flondor at 847-367-6316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

Come and See Weekend                                 

When? December 28, 2014 to January 1, 2015.

Note: To register or learn more, please contact Friar Hans Flondor at 847-367-6316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .                                                                                                                                                                                                      

St. Joseph of Cupertino Province (Western United States)

Greccio Retreat

When? November 28 to November 30, 2014.

Where? Castro Valley, California.

Note: To learn more about this retreat or to register, please contact Friar Thomas Czeck at 1-510-582-7333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Lady of the Angels Province (Eastern United States and Canada)

Live-in Weekend

When? November 13 to November 16, 2014.

Where? Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, Maryland.

Note: This live-in weekend is your chance to witness Conventual Franciscan life in a friary and learn about the Order as well as St. Francis of Assisi. Participants will stay at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City and visit the Franciscans' House of Studies in Silver Spring (just outside of Washington, D.C.). To find out more, please get in touch with Friar Russell Governale at either 718-510-5822 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Lady of Consolation Province (Mid- and Southwestern United States)

Vocation Discernment Weekend

When? October 24 to October 26, 2014.

Where? Holy Cross Retreat Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Note: Come and spend a weekend listening to the voice of the Lord and see if He is calling you to serve the Roman Catholic Church as a vowed religious brother or priest. The weekend is for men ages 18-40 and is free. For more information or to register, contact Friar Andy Martinez, OFM Conv. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 575-652-3603 ext. 305.

Come and See Weekend

When? January 30 to February 1, 2015.

Where? San Antonio, Texas.

Note: A practical retreat for those who are more serious about the possibility of a vocation with the Franciscans. You will meet Franciscan seminarians, and see what the daily life will be like in a Franciscan Formation program. To register or for questions contact Friar Andy Martinez, OFM Conv. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 5 575-652-3603 ext. 305.

Vocation Discernment Weekend

When? April 10 to April 13, 2015.

Where? Mount St. Francis, Indiana.

Note: Come and spend a weekend listening to the voice of the Lord and see if He is calling you to serve the Roman Catholic Church as a vowed religious brother or priest. The weekend is for men ages 18-40 and is free. For more information or to register, contact Friar John Bamman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-424-9955.