Upcoming Events

Contact Fr. Paul at vocations@franciscanfriars.org or 510-671-0537 for more information, or to plan a visit at any of the following events!

We have 4 Come and See Events every year  (An event where you come a spend a few days with friars, and learn about Franciscan Life and Discernment tools):

2017 Come and See Schedule:

February 17 – 19, 2017 at our National Novitiate, Arroyo Grande,CA (See Flyer below)

April 28 – 30, 2017   at Castro Valley, CA.

July 17 – 21, 2017  at both Castro Valley and Arroyo Grande.

November 24 – 26, 2017 at Castro Valley, CA.

Download a Come & See Schedule Brochure for you, or someone else! 2017 Website Come&See


  1. Come Visit any Day between June 26 – 30, 2017 when all our Friars gather for our annual Community Week, at Holy Family Friary in Castro Valley, CA.  Join us for Prayer and Dinner, most any evening, or Mass and Lunch most any day that week!  Meet our friars, talk more with the vocation director, even spend some time in prayer if you like! Contact Fr. Paul to make more concrete arrangements.
  2. It is a long trip if you live in the West, but you are welcome to come to Chicago on July 5th,  for the entrance of men joining the order this year! They will be beginning their Postulancy year.  I will be attending, contact me for more information, Fr. Paul.
  3. Come to Arroyo Grande, CA on July 19th, at 4PM, for the Investiture of our New Novices.  This year’s Postulants (first year men) will Receive the Habit for the first time, and enter the Novitiate. It is a humble ceremony in our beautiful St. Francis Friary Chapel, followed by a outdoor Barbecue!!! Don’t miss it! Contact Fr. Paul to arrange a visit.
  4. Come to Hermosa Beach, CA on August 2nd, 2017 to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 7PM, for the Profession of Solemn Profession of Vows, and of First Vows, for several of our Student Friars.  Contact Fr. Paul for more information.