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Initial Formation

The Franciscans in Thailand are happy to welcome young people from Thailand and nearby countries like Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam who desire to follow Jesus Christ more closely in the way of St. Francis of Assisi.


Our initial formation programme is as follows:

2 years aspirancy in Sampran-Thailand: Aspirancy is the time for guided vocation discernment. In Thailand we have stationary aspirancy which means that the aspirants live with the friars.

1 year Postulancy in the Philippines: Postulancy is the necessary stage for adequate preparation for the novitiate during which the postulant confirms his determination to convert himself through a progressive passing from a secular life to the Franciscan form of life.

1 year Novitiate in the Philippines: Novitiate is the time in which the novice begins his life in the Order of Friars Minor. He continues the vocation discernment and the deepening of his decision to follow Jesus Christ in the Church and in the world of today according to the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and comes to know and to    experience more profoundly the Franciscan form of life.

3 – 6 years Temporary Profession in the Philippines, Thailand or another country: The time of temporary profession completes initial formation in its various theoretical and practical aspects. During it the friar is made more apt to live more completely the life and mission peculiar to the Order of Friars Minor in the world of today and to prepare himself for making his solemn profession.

Men in the age of minimum 18 years and maximum 35 years, who are interested to start a guided vocation discernment should have finished their senior high school (Mo 6), be healthy and of male gender. Before entering aspirancy the candidate should spend some time in one or more of our friaries and have regular meetings with the friar who is in charge of animation of vocations and the formator.

Do not hesitate to contact us to get more information regarding St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Way of Life.

Please contact:
Br. Francis Xavier Rerkchai Panuphan (animator of vocations)
Mobile: 080 880 5253


Br. Arvind Kerketta (formator)
Mobile: 095 112 99 18


Sampran Formation House

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