Vocation Profile - Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Fr. Emmanuel Mansford C.F.R.
Vocation Director
St. Joseph's Friary, 523 W 142nd St
New York, NY 10031


Professed members116
Year founded1987
Generalate/motherhouseBronx, NY

New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Paterson, NJ; Santa Fe, NM
England, Honduras, Ireland, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland
Our Franciscan community performs the spiritual and corporal works of mercy toward the poor and homeless, and we evangelize with many apostolates. We run the St. Anthony Residence in the Bronx for men, and other centers. We also run retreats, days and evenings of recollection, parish missions, conferences, and organize street evangelization and youth prayer festivals. Those called to our way of life have found the peace and joy which comes from discovering and doing the will of God. These are the essential elements which characterize our way of life and constitute the "soil" which supports and nourishes our call to holiness: Catholic, Franciscan, Capuchin, contemplative, prophetic, apostolic, fraternal, and pro-life. Visit our Vocations Blog at http://franciscanfriars.com/news-blogs/vocations-blog-new/
The primary goal of religious communities open to vocations such as that of our community is discovering the will of God. It is our desire to assist serious and mature men in discovering that particular state in life where they can sacrifice themselves for the kingdom of God and grow holy.
Postulancy is followed by novitiate, then temporary profession, and then permanent profession.
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