Welcome to the Vocations page for the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Saint Barbara. We are excited that you found your way -- or should I say, were led by the Spirit? – to our website! I encourage you to explore the pages found within. Our website is not an exhaustive guide, but rather an invitation to "come and see."
It is our privilege and honor to journey with you on your path of discernment. Please fill out the request for more information and we will be happy to send you a general information packet and to be in contact with you.
May God bless you and keep you on this journey of faith called Life!
Peace and all good,
Father Sebastian Sandoval, OFM
Father Vincent Nguyen, OFM
Brother Zeno Im, OFM
Province of Saint Barbara
1500 34th Avenue, Oakland CA 94601
Phone: 510-821-4492 (Spanish & English)
"The past is prologue. God is calling us to somewhere new, a place we do not yet recognize."
—Fr. Jose Carballo, OFM Former Minister General, 119th successor of St. Francis of Assisi
The way in which our vocation is lived out takes on a variety of forms. Some of us are called specifically to religious life as a brother, sister, or priest. Some are called to diocesan priesthood or the deaconate. Others are called to marriage, and still others are called to life as a single man or woman. Each call is an expression of our shared vocation expressed above in the passage from the Gospel of Luke.
The process of initial formation (postulancy and novitiate) is the privileged time in which the candidates, with the special accompaniment of their directors and the formation fraternity, are initiated into the Order of Friars Minor to follow Jesus Christ according to the way of St. Francis of Assisi.
Our Vocations Team, along with all the friars of the Province of St. Barbara, is here to support you in your path of discernment. We invite you to experience Franciscan discernment through a variety of opportunities: in a "Come and See" retreat; by joining a monthly discernment group; by immersing yourself in one of our outreach ministries to the poor. We can help you arrange any of these. In other words, we invite you to try on our way of life, test the stirrings of your heart...
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