Are you being called by Jesus Christ to live the Gospel in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi?

For 800 years the spiritual sons of Saint Francis have laboured at change and transformation in every spectrum of life.


If you have felt the Lord calling you to:


A Life Lived in Common

A Life of Prayer and the Sacraments

A Life of Charity and Service

A Life Devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary


Don’t hesitate to contact the Vocation Director for more information!

How Do I Become A Franciscan?

A. Contact the Vocation Director

Make contact and introduce yourself, he will help to guide you.

B. “Come and See”

Arrange to visit with the friars over time.


C. Application Process

Letters of recommendation, transcripts, medical examination, etc.



Catholic, male; high school certificate; good health, a desire to learn, serve, sacrifice, and share a common life.

Vocations Q&A

Br. Joseph Wood, OFM Conv.


Learn more about a vocation to the Conventual Franciscans by watching this short video. Br. Joseph answers some typical questions regarding vocations, and shares his own personal experiences and vocation journey.

The Formation Process

1. Introduction - postulancy


Normally a one year im­mersion into the Franciscan way of life. Common prayer, pertinent classes, out­reach ministries to the poor, and regu­lar participation in Franciscan events.

2. Incorporation - Novitiate


After the reception of the habit, the novice participates in an experience of “a-year-and-a-day” of deepening his understanding of his Franciscan vocation.


At the conclusion of the Novitiate, the novice professes “temporary vows.” He renews his vows for at least three years before applying for “solemn vows” as his life commitment.

3. Integration - Post-Novitiate


  • Priesthood candidate: pursues studies as required for ordina­tion (philosophy, theology, etc.)

  • Brotherhood candidate: pursues studies or attains experience appro­priate for his focus of ministry.


Vocations Ad

Our vocations poster featuring some images and contact information.

Vocations Pamphlet

Our vocations pamphlet with more detailed information about the Conventual Franciscan Order, discernment, and application requirements.

Vocation Director

To express your interest in discerning a vocation with the Conventual Franciscan Friars, please contact our Vocations Promoter Br. Bernard Mary, who would be glad to receive your inquiry and will reply as soon as possible.

Br. Bernard Mary Fonkalsrud OFM Conv.


Call: 03 9551 7136

E-Mail: vocations@franciscanfriarsaustralia.org