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,  OR we’ll make a custom visit just for YOU!

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

2018 and Beyond Come and See Schedule: (Download brochure below)

July 11 – 13, 2018  Attend our Investiture Ceremony on Thursday July 12, 2018, when our youngest friars receive their Franciscan Habit!
(Drive with us from Castro Valley, or from Los Angels, or meet us in Arroyo Grande! Contact Fr. Paul, Vocation director to work out arrangements that work best for you.)

October 5 – 7, 2018 at Castro Valley, CA (4PM Fri – 1 PM Sun)

November 23 – 25, 2018 at Arroyo Grande, CA (4PM Fri – 1PM Sun)

February 15 – 17, 2019 at Castro Valley, CA (4PM Fri – 1 PM Sun)

March 29 – 31, 2019 at Arroyo Grande, CA (4PM Fri – 1PM Sun)


Other Events In Which to Join Us:

 June 13, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua:

St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, Nevada, for the conclusion of the annual novena to St. Anthony with a Mass in Honor of St. Anthony, followed by veneration of first class relics of St. Anthony.  The relics will then be translated to their new home at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, CA. They will be received in a Mass at 7PM, in honor of the Feast of St. Anthony, with about 25 friars from  our Province present. Mass will be followed by veneration of the relics. Please join us at either St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno Nevada at 12:10PM Mass.  Do not miss the Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley, where there will be many Friars present, as we will be in the middle of the celebration of our Province Chapter.  (Just show up, or contact Fr. Paul if you would like to chat before or after.)


 August 7, 2018 Solemn Vows of Friar Israel 

At 7PM Friar Israel Arauz-Rosiles will profess his Solemn Vows, that is for life!!! As you know these vows are the “Evangelical Counsels” or Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.  This event is an excellent way to learn more about our Franciscan Spirituality, and life style. Also a great way to meet many Friars.  Please join us as all are invited, but it would be best if you contact Fr. Paul before hand so I can make plans to spend some time with you!



Download a Come & See 2018 Schedule Brochure for you, or someone else! 2017 Website Come&See

 Additional Opportunities to Visit:

Arrange a custom visit to meet your schedule! Contact Fr. Paul at vocations@franciscanfriars.org. I will meet you somewhere, or arrange for you to visit one of our ministries or friaries! Peace.