Process of Formation
Profession into the Secular Franciscan Order is a lifelong commitment and needs to be entered into with a clear understanding of what Franciscan life means. Anyone wishing to enter a Franciscan fraternity must complete a period of formation. The 4 stages of formation are:
1 - orientation - 3 months
2 - inquiry - 6 months
3 - candidacy - 18 - 36 months
4 - profession - a permanent commitment to Franciscan life. The rite of profession is a public commitment and takes place during the celebration of the Mass.
Here's a visual representation of the pathway to profession: