St. Francis Seminary

St. Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi was born in Assisi, Italy in 1181/1182. After a carefree youth, he converted and founded the Franciscan Friars. He also inspired the birth of the Franciscan Third Order, now called the Secular Franciscan Order. In 1219-1220, Francis travelled to Egypt, where he met the Sultan; this meeting also inspired the birth of the Custody of the Holy Land, which is the ancient Franciscan presence in Jerusalem and the holy places. In 1224, on the mountain of La Verna, Francis received the stigmata. The following year he composed the Canticle of Brother Sun, a poetic prayer of praise to God the Creator of everything; this prayer and his attitude of respect to creation inspired his proclamation as the patron saint of ecologists. Francis died on October 4, 1226 in Assisi and was declared a saint in 1228. 

Rule of St. Francis

The rule and life of the Franciscan Friars is this: To observe the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, living in obedience without anything of our own, and in chastity. The Friars promise obedience to the Presiding Bishop and to the provincial minister of the order. 

Order of Franciscan Friars

Established in 2023 by Bishop Yingling and Deacon Rose. We strive to live al life following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Our goal is to live a simple life and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

Order of Franciscan Friars

Stages of Formation
Franciscan Novitiate

The novitiate is a six-month period in which the novice discerns his calling to religious life. He or she works to deepen their relationship with God and to develop their Franciscan identity by studying our Rule and General Constitutions, as well as the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. As a formal member of the Order, the novice receives the unique Franciscan garment, or the Habit of the Order, which consists of of brown tunic and hood, and white cord which serves as a belt.  

Franciscan Post Novitiate

Upon completion of the novitiate, the novice concludes by taking the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience for period of just one year. At this time they receive three knots on their cord. The vows are then renewed yearly, until the friar is prepared to make their solemn, lifelong profession. This is a temporary profession in which one integrates their Franciscan call into the consecrated life of the Order of Franciscan Friars. 

Franciscan Solemn Profession

Upon completion of post-novitiate formation, a friar in temporary profession, petitions the Provincial Minister to be received into solemn vows. If accepted, they publicly profess the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience for the “rest of my life.” This marks the beginning of full, lifelong membership in the Order of Franciscan Friars. Friars called to the ordained ministry must be solemnly professed first.