It's not always easy to recognize the voice of God. If you think the Lord might be calling you to the Capuchin way of life, we are ready to help you find out. After all, each one of us friars has been through that process of discernment, albeit in different ways.
The first way is to meet you. Secondly, it's also very helpful to visit our friaries, to taste a little of our life. These visits normally take place as 'Discernment Weekends', when several men considering the Capuchin vocation come together for a couple of days in a friary. At a later stage of discernment, you might well stay with us for a week or so.
After some time, you may feel ready to apply for entry to the postulancy, the first stage of Capuchin life. The application is also part of the discernment process, and the Provincial Minister will decide whether or not you will be accepted. If you are accepted, there begins five years of 'initial formation', in which you will have ample opportunity to listen to the voice of God before making your final commitment – known as 'perpetual profession'.