The Friars of St Francis strive to observe the Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, living in obedience, without property and in chastity (Rule of the Friars Minor, 1223).
We are a community that accepts and fosters the vocations of young men to the priesthood and to the brother's way of life for those who do not feel called to the priesthood. Both priests and brothers are friars, that is, all are called to be brothers living in community and in charity. St Francis was not a priest; historical accounts tell us that he was a deacon. All candidates for religious life in our community undergo the usual formative process of postulancy, novitiate, simple profession of vows and final profession. Postulants and novices are free to leave the community at any time if they or the Guardian discerns that this way of life is not for them. At this stage the community can only accept permanent Australian residents as prospective members. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 years.
Does He speak to you clearly or make things happen so that you know for sure? Actually no. Then how does anyone know that this is their vocation?
The first place to look is within your own heart. Do you love God? Do you have a desire to give your life to Him? Usually those whom the Lord calls to serve Him in the Religious Life are aware of being drawn towards taking this step. The interest and the desire is put in their hearts by the Holy Spirit, and the Lord draws them closer to Him. It must always be a free choice. God does not force anyone. When Our Lord Jesus walked this earth and called His disciples, His call was to "follow me." However the response of each was a free one. Throughout the centuries He still calls people to follow Him, and the response must be a free chosen. There are many like the rich young man in the Gospel who will not give up this world or their lives and they walk away. But others simply say yes and follow Him.
What are the signs of a vocation besides the desire?
There are gifts necessary for the life. For example, if you want to be a First Grade football player or a concert pianist, you have to have a basic talent and a desire to work hard at it. It is similar for Religious Life and the Priesthood. It is essential to be a practicing Catholic. This means being faithful to Sunday Mass, as well as regular reception of the Sacrament of Penance. You also need to be generous and intelligent (to be able to learn and be taught). It is essential that applicants be a permanent Australian residents. You need to communicate with others and get on with people. You need love for your fellow human beings. There needs to be order in your life and you need a balanced and healthy character. You also need to be healthy.