The process of discerning a vocation is different for each person.
We can help you in this process. Usually, the steps involve
initial communication with the Vocation Director about who you
are and what you are seeking; experiences with the Community
in projects, prayer and ongoing discernment discussions; formal
request for pre-postulancy.
Once a man is received into pre-postulancy, he spends several
months living with the Brothers to learn about community life
and the mission of the Franciscan Brothers and Sisters of the
Eucharist. During this time, he is expected to be engaged in
his professional work and be responsible for his expenses.
Postulancy is the man's formal entrance into the life of the
Community. As a postulant, he learns about Franciscan spirituality
and is helped to integrate his past experiences into this beginning
religious life. Postulancy is one year.
Novitiate is a two-year time of formation. The novice receives
the habit of the Community and a religious name. The focus of
the novitiate is the study and lived experience of the
vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, Franciscan spirituality,
life in community, and the teachings of the Church. The novice
learns to serve the needs of the community in the spirit of St.
Following novitiate, the Brother professes the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. He participates more fully in the mission and apostolate of the community.