As you consider whether Franciscan life is for you, you might find the answer in your day-to-day routine. Before becoming a friar, Br. Basil Valente, OFM, executive director of vocations, danced in productions with Up With People, an organization that promoted peace and understanding among people from different cultures. The group frequently performed community service. It was that desire to help people that inspired Br. Basil to consider becoming a friar. 

Later, a visit to the Basilica of St. Clare became pivotal in strengthening his vocation. A nun suggested he spent time with the San Damiano Cross, the same one that called to St. Francis centuries ago. "I felt God saying to me, 'go and rebuild my church,'" Br. Basil said. 

Could God be calling you or someone you know to life as a Franciscan friar? It is easy to learn more and speak with a vocational director about visiting the friars. Fill out this form and contact us. Those signs could be leading you to a vocation with the Order of Friars Minor.