I was wondering if the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are still a functioning order. I’ve heard that they’ve been shut down for this reason and that reason, but I can’t tell between fact and fiction at this point because the Internet’s so wacky. This really seems to be one of my last options for asking. I attempted to email the vocations branch of the United States, but never have gotten a response. If anyone can give some insight, I’d be very grateful.
YES THAT’S PROBABLY IT. I read about that somewhere, there was a big to-do about it on that page, and it sounded like they were shut down. The people were probably just being overly paranoid. Thanks so much all!
We’re still here! I have not heard of anything that would even hint that the order was shutting down. For someone discerning, I would try to not let all the gossip affect such an important decision. If you have any concerns, ask the vocation director directly to get the truth and relieve any doubt. “Come and see” to verify for yourself. Consult a good spiritual director as well. God will speak through him and help you see things more clearly.
Did you use the contact form from marymediatrix.com? It may have been a glitch because in the past year or so we’ve done a bit of reconstruction to the internals of the website. Sorry about that! Don’t hesitate to try the vocation director again or call the shrine at 608-796-1300. You can also email me at email@example.com or call the friary at 860-376-6840. The enemy is doing all he can to thwart your vocation so don’t give up!
In the meantime, consecrate yourself to our Our Lady. Place your vocation in Her hands and She will take care of everything for you. Don’t forget to try to go to daily Mass, frequent confession, pray the Rosary every day, and read the lives of the saints for more inspiration. You will be in our prayers every Thursday everning during our extended adoration for vocations. May God give you His peace. Ave Maria!