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, and respond to the movements of the Holy Spirit.

Please join us for one of our upcoming vocation events:

Southern California

  • Come & See Retreat - December 15th to 17th at Old Mission San Luis Rey
    Come and See retreat is the retreat that design to help discerners. In three days, discerners will have time to pray and reflect about their faith and vocation.-Come and See retreat is the retreat that design to help discerners. In three days, discerners will have time to pray and reflect about their faith and vocation.-Br. Eric Pilarcik, OFM 408-903-3422-Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM 510-821-4492
  • Day of Discernment - Jan. 20th, 9:30am to 4pm Serra Retreat Center Day of Discernment Jan. 20th, 9:30am to 4pm Serra Retreat Center -Day of Discernment is one day retreat for discerners, especially the discerners who couldn’t make Come and See retreat.-Br. Eric Pilarcik, OFM 408-903-3422-Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM 510-821-4492
  • Discernment Dinner in Los Angeles - Feb. 2nd, 5pm to 9pm Assumption FriaryDiscernment Dinner in LA Feb. 2nd, 5pm to 9pm Assumption Friary-Discernment Dinner is an informal prayer gathering includes prayers, dinner, and spiritual sharing. The discerners will have chance to see other discerners and talk and share their thoughts and feelings about the vocation. Please contact us so we can prepare dinner more efficiently. -Br. Eric Pilarcik, OFM 408-903-3422-Fr. Oscar Mendez, OFM 510-821-4492
  • Religious Education Congress - Mar. 15th~18th, 8am Anaheim Convention Center Religious Education Congress Mar. 15th~18th, 8am Anaheim Convention Center -Religious Education Congress in Anaheim is one of the largest Catholic Congress in the U.S. The congress prepares several seminars and lectures about Catholic faith. It will be a good opportunity for discerners to learn more about our faith.-http://www.recongress.org/2018/

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