Become a Friar

Thank you for your interest in becoming a friar! Everyone’s call from God is unique, and we look forward to accompanying you as you discern your vocation with the Franciscans.

To help us to get to know you better, please complete this form. This form is not an application, and you assume no obligation to the friars by completing it. Be assured that the information that you provide is confidential and will only be seen by those working with you in your discernment process.



  • 21-45 years old and single
  • A practicing Roman Catholic for at least 2 years after the completion of his Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation) with a healthy, balanced spiritual life
  • Has a mature and realistic understanding of the world, the Church and Franciscan life
  • Open to living a Franciscan life in community
  • A citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (in most cases)
  • Rooted in a desire to deepen his love for Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Willing to work with the poor and marginalized
  • Committed to living the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience
  • Involved in some kind of service work to the local Church or local community; ideally working with the poor and marginalized
  • Free of significant financial and family obligations
  • Prayerful with a desire to mature in his spiritual life
  • Sensitive to the demands of living among men of diverse personal, cultural, educational and ministerial backgrounds


Contact us

If you would like to contact us directly, feel free to do so at:

Br. Basil Valente, OFM, Executive Director: National Vocation Office

Br. Greg Plata, OFM, National Vocation Director

Mr. Jorge Martins, National Vocation Office Manager

Mr. Will Bernal, National Vocation Office Administrator

Vocation Office for the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe
129 West 31st Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-3403
Phone: 1-800-677-7788 ext. 345


Thanks again for your interest in the Franciscans. We look forward to hearing from you. Pax et bonum!



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Religious Background

Are you a convert to the Catholic Church?
Have you received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation?
Have you ever applied to and, or, entered another religious community or seminary?
Do you have a spiritual director?
What is your vocation interest at this time?
Health Background

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Do you participate in any recovery programs?
Educational History

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Do you have a college degree?
Do you have any debt for which you are responsible?
Occupational History

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Do you have any physical handicaps?
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Our vocations team

We are here to support you during your discernment process. Please reach out with questions, and we will be in contact with you soon.