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A Consecrated Life to Jesus Christ

Information for those interested in our life.





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"I am the Good Shepherd. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen.

I need to gather and bring them too. They'll also recognize my voice.

Then it will be one flock, one shepherd."



Introduction

POPE FRANCIS

BISHOP OF ROME


In 1996, the late Pope St.John Paul II issued an urgent summons. Observing, in his exhortation Vita Consecrata, that widespread loss of faith has left the world “one great mission land, even in countries of long-standing tradition.”He called on consecrated religious, such as the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, to lead a “new evangelization.”

But to do that, wrote the Holy Father, it would be necessary to revitalize the consecrated religious life itself. Pope John Paul II urged the founding of religious communities that are “new in ardor” and capable of “responding to the challenges of our times.”

Is Jesus gently prodding in the recesses of your heart? Do you want to know the initial steps involved with the process of entering into a consecrated life to Jesus and His Church?

Let’s begin at the very beginning, it’s a very fine place to start... “Becoming a Brother...”

It begins with an unquenchable desire to follow more closely in the example and footprints of our Lord Jesus Christ.. We welcome questions and encourage visits from men whose desire it is to know, love, and serve God. The Spirit is leading them to investigate the possibility of a consecrated life as a Franciscan Brother of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

The first step in the process is what we call the postulancy or “Franciscan Life Experience Program.” This is a six month minimum to one year maximum experience of our shared communal life.
   
Franciscan Life Experience Program

St. Elizabeth's Chapel
What is the Franciscan Life Experience Program?

Men between the ages of 18 and 45 who are interested in exploring a Franciscan vocation, can apply to the Postulancy-Franciscan Life Experience Program, a six month to a one-year program designed to offer an experience of radical Christian/Franciscan living.
Will I become a novice?

Some of the men who are accepted into the postulancy or Franciscan Life Experience Program may feel a call to test their vocation further as a novice. They can begin to discern this call with the positive recommendation of the Director of Formation and the majority approval of the Community after completing postulancy . . . more
A Rule of Life for Aspirants

We brothers live by a simplified version of The Rule of the Order of Friars Minor, a document that is both a description and a prescription for our life together. The purpose of a Rule of Life is to strengthen our abiding in Christ by bringing rhythm, discipline, order, confidence and trust into our relationships and discipleship. The Rule helps us to offer the whole of our being to God each day and keeps us open to God’s love and will for us. . .more
Norms of Our Community

We pray that men will hear God’s call to test their vocation with our community. We also pray for the gift of discernment to know who should be encouraged and invited to accept this test, and who should be directed elsewhere. What follows is a listing of some norms which, over the years, we have found to be general guidelines for aspirants, our prospective new members. . .more