RESPONDING TO GOD’S CALL AS A CONVENTUAL FRANCISCAN FRIAR:
God calls men and women to various vocations to be co-workers with him. Sometimes it is difficult to know clearly what God wants in one’s life. If you feel attracted to religious life in the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, how do you respond?
THE PROCESS FOR JOINING:
You begin by communicating with the Vocation Director expressing your desire to discern with the Conventual Franciscan Friars. The candidate can start communicating as early as he feels called to religious life. One doesn’t have to be through with his secondary education in order to start inquiring.
COME AND SEE PROGRAM:
Before a candidate is accepted in the Order to begin his formation journey, he will have to attend a program or a seminar called COME AND SEE. The program is organized in two phases: the first one is normally in December for a week and the second one is in April for two weeks; both are held in Ruiri-Meru, in our Postulancy House. The program is to help the young men to learn and experience briefly the Franciscan life as well as for the Vocation Director to interact with them and know them better.
This is a two year grogram where the young men start the formation journey. The first year is done in Ruiri in Meru Diocese while the second year is done in Morogoro, Tanzania. The postulants share in the joy of Franciscan life in different aspects ranging from prayers, studies, community life, manual work and sports.
This is a period of one year preparation as the novices get ready to profess their first temporary vows. The Novitiate is in Arusha, Tanzania. It is the East African Novitiate for the jurisdictions of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
STUDIES (PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY):
After the first profession of vows, the friars then proceed to Lusaka-Zambia to study Philosophy for a period of three years. In Lusaka we have a philosophical College composed of the three Franciscan Families, (OFM Capuchins, OFM and OFM Conventuals). After the studies, the friars graduate with a degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University of Antonianum, Rome and a Diploma in Philosophy and religious studies from St. Bonaventure College.
After graduating from Lusaka the friars then come back to Kenya for one year community and pastoral experience. This is done in our communities in Meru, Subukia, Limuru and South C. During this period, the friars help in various pastoral and community activities.
After the pastoral and community experience, the friars go for their theological studies for four year in Tangaza College or any other place that they may be sent. During this time, they receive their final vows before the completion of theology. By professing their final vows they become permanent members of the Order. Shortly after follows the ordination to diaconate and finally to priesthood.
Since it’s not everybody who is called to priesthood, the friars who feel called to remain as religious brothers can venture into other areas of study after philosophy. We are all called to be friars, although our Order is a mixed Order of bothers and priests.
The required references are as follows:
- Baptismal certificate;
- Confirmation certificate;
- Recommendations from the parish priest, the Small Christian Community;
- Primary School Leaving Certificate;
- Secondary School Leaving Certificate;
- Secondary School Result Slip (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)
- Birth Certificate;
- Letter from the parents indicating whether they are for or against your desire to be a Franciscan Friar?);
- National Identity Card;
NB: Candidates to the Order should ordinarily be not more than 27 years of age. They must have completed their educational requirements before admission. We accept candidates with C + (plus) and above in K.C.S.E. The requirements are the same for candidates for priesthood and brotherhood.
Conventual Franciscan Friars
P.O. Box 3663
Tel. (+254) 708 685 439