Formation in the Franciscan tradition integrates the human, spiritual, and educational dimensions of the person. We try to help each person understand his unique life call and thereby become a fully contributing member of our fraternity. By sharing our life and values, we encourage each person to progress in holiness, fraternity, and dedication to his ministry within the Church.

Admission To Our Franciscan Formation Program

We accept men between the ages of 20-35 into our formation program. An applicant is accepted to the formation program by the Minister Provincial upon recommendation by the Admissions Committee. This recommendation attests that the applicant shows signs of a true vocation and appears to be capable of profiting from entrance into a structured formation program at this time.

Among the vocation signs considered by the Admissions Committee are the following:

I. Educational Development

The applicant must have spent his time productively between the completion of high school and admission to our community. This may involve further education, job training, or meaningful employment.

Applicants for priesthood must show the ability to complete the required studies.

Applicants for the brotherhood must be able to attain certified skills or academic degrees.

II. Religious Development

The candidate must possess a personal faith in God and a call to serve in His Church.

The applicant's relationship with God should be characterized by stability, growth and maturity. The applicant should have a reasonably-developed understanding of Christian doctrine and morality and an awareness of the life and mission of the Church today.

III. Moral Development

An applicant must be capable of transcending some of the cultural and moral values in which he has lived. Christian moral values must be rooted in his character and he must possess personal integrity necessary to live out the Gospel values.

IV. Motivation

The desire to live the Franciscan religious life is an important element of an applicant's vocation. His capacity for ongoing conversion and productive service within religious life initially stems from this desire.

V. Capacity For Service

From its origins, Franciscan life has been oriented toward Gospel witness and apostolic service. The applicant should be capable of rendering such service and becoming a productive member of an apostolate currently served by the province.

VI. Human Development

Religious formation builds upon human maturity. Signs of such maturity in an applicant include an appropriate degree of personal autonomy and self-direction, healthy emotional development, a secure masculine identity and the capacity for rewarding interpersonal relationships.

VII. Physical Health

The applicant should be in good health and free from chronic ailments. Physical handicaps are not impediments to acceptance, unless they interfere with community life or preclude apostolic service.

VIII. Financial Independence

An individual who has heavy debts, business obligations, or family duties should delay admission until these matters are resolved.

When loans for previous academic programs come due during the pre-novitiate year and cannot be satisfied by the individual, the province will assume these payments in the form of a loan to the postulant.

Once the individual enters the novitiate, the province will make payments on loans when they become due for as long as a person remains a member of the province.

IX. Thinking It Over...

The primary concern of every Christian should be to live in imitation of Christ, who became human not only to redeem us but to manifest the Father.

This conversion is the beginning of real participation in Christ's passage from death to life. It is a profound change of heart which manifests itself in the relationships of Christians for one another. This conversion means saying YES to the Gospel message.

The Franciscan Friars, TOR provide the opportunity for men to say YES to God. As a priest or brother, you can touch the world with divine grace, help heal the wounds of the human family, and bring life to all people in the name of Jesus Christ who fully brought life to us


    Just a few words that describe what it's like to be a friar.  

    By professing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience the friars have chosen a special way of following our Lord.  In giving up everything in service of God and their brothers and sisters the friars find what really matters. Hear what a few of our friars have to say about what becoming a friar was like: 

  • Becoming A Friar Was...

    Brother Nathan

    Brother Nathan Meckey, TOR

    Entered August 2009

    ...the beginning of a journey. After entering I really found my vocation and learned what it means to be converted day by day. The journey is ongoing and I'm happy to be a part of the ride.
    Father Malachi

    Father Malachi Van Tassell, TOR

    Entered August 1997

    ... was an answer to God's call and the beginning of an exciting adventure, going where God leads.
    Father Vince

    Fr. Vincent Yeager, TOR

    Entered August 2011

    ...the only way to satisfy the desire God placed in my heart. It's so much better than I could have imagined!
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    Father Gregory

    Fr. Gregory Plow, TOR

    Entered August 2001

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    ...the beginning of a wonderful lifelong journey in which I seek to conform my life more to Christ's in imitation of St. Francis.
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    Father Jason

    Father Jason Wooleyhan, TOR

    Entered August 2010

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    ...many times difficult or challenging, but the difficulties have always been the kind that prove God's providence and healing power.
    Br. Gabe
    Brother Gabe

    Br. Gabriel Amato, TOR

    Entered August 1971

    Br. Gabe response to the Lord's invitation to follow Him in a deeper life of consecration after the example of St. Francis of Assisi.