Greetings from Fr. Greg
I’m Fr. Greg Plata, OFM, Vocation Director of the Franciscan friars of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province. Are you beginning to seriously discern your calling to religious life? You may be heartened by the experience of our founder, St. Francis of Assisi. As a young man, St. Francis of Assisi struggled with his vocation and the direction of his life, growing up in a privileged mercantile class. After his capture and ransom from a war with Perugia, Francis began to ask tough questions regarding his life and his relationship to God. His discernment actually took several years!
Francis often retreated to out-of-the-way places to pray from his heart, “God, who are you? And who am I?” While at the little tumble-down chapel of San Damiano he asked God, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” God gradually showed him!
I, along with Br. Thom Smith, serve as the vocation directors for the Central Region of the United States. Our central office is in New York City. In 2023, six provinces of the OFM Franciscans will be merging into one province, which gives us an incredible diversity of ministries, while cutting down on some of the personnel needed for running six provinces!
All of our formation is done in common, and it is an exciting journey that takes one from Silver Spring, MD, to Santa Barbara, CA to Chicago, IL. My ministry is to help you in the discernment process if you feel called to our way of life.
I’ve added two links. The first is who we are as Franciscans around the United States. The second is a direct link to our National Office in New York City, where you can submit information about yourself, and I will contact you. Just remember, my ministry is to serve you in this process, so don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions.
Peace and all good!
Fr. Greg Plata, OFM
Holy Evangelists Friary
4513 N Ashland Ave
Chicago IL 60640
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