Nurse Friar/Brother


Hello all!

I am currently a Nursing student and I am wondering if upon graduation I can practice as a Nurse and also join a religious community?

I recall that Franciscans can work outside the Friary but can they work as Nurses?

I appreciate the answers!


What would be more likely, frankly, is that you would be working with the elderly and the sick of the community, internal to the community, after completing novitiate and, perhaps, the period of temporary vows. Depending upon the province, there may be other apostolates for which your training would be invaluable.

Having a Religious who is a nurse is a great blessing to a province of friars or to an abbey of monks, especially in these days.


I am open to that as I am drawn to the poor and community nursing especially the homeless and marginalized.

Anyone know where I can get help? I am in Toronto Canada


Your interest is specifically with the Franciscans?


Yes, but of course I am open to other orders.


I would suggest reaching out to the following:

Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
(Franciscan Friars of the Atonement) (SA) (1985)
Province: Atonement
HOUSE: St. Joan of Arc Friary
1701 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON M6P 1B1
(416) 762-1026
Fax: (416) 762-4194

Franciscan Friars
(Order of Friars Minor) (OFM) (1934)
Province: Immaculate Conception
HOUSE: Immaculate Conception Friary
2 Richardson Ave.
Toronto ON M6M 3R4
(416) 651-7875
Fax: (416) 651-7881


Province: Vice Province of St. Casimir
HOUSE: Resurrection Monastery
1 Resurrection Road
Toronto ON M9A 5G1
(416) 533-0621
Fax: (416) 533-7247
(416) 651-7875
Fax: (416) 651-7881

Capuchin Friars
(Capuchin Friars) (OFM Cap.) (1952)
Province: Central Canada
2100 Jane Street
North York ON M3M 1A1
(416) 244-8458
Fax: (416) 244-9796

Conventual Franciscan Friars
(Franciscan Friars Conventual) (OFM Conv.) (1956)
Province: Immaculate Conception Province
PROVINCIAL HOUSE: St. Bonaventure Friary
1280 Leslie Street
Don Mills ON M3C 2K9
(416) 441-0097
Fax: (416) 447-4082

Given your interests, beyond the Franciscans, I would also suggest:

**Hospitaller Order of St. John of God **
(formerly Brothers of the Good
(Hospitaller Order of St. John of God (formerly Brothers of the Good Shepherd)) (OH) (2015)
Province: Province of the Good Shepherd in
North America
HOUSE: Barrett House
35-37 Sydenham Street
Toronto ON M5A 1T3
(416) 864-1627

(The Oratory of St. Philip Neri) (C.O.) (1979)
RES: The Oratory
1372 King Street West
Toronto ON M6K 1H3
(416) 532-2879
Fax: (416) 532-8733

Redemptorist Fathers
(Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer) (C.Ss.R.) (1881)
Province: The Edmonton-Toronto Province
PROVINCIAL HOUSE: Perpetual Help Residence
426 St. Germain Avenue
Toronto ON M5M 1W7
(416) 789-3217
Fax: (416) 789-9266


They would love to have you.


Yes, this is absolutely possible. We do have nurses in my province in the United States (who work in nursing ministry outside the community too). We’ve had (and have) nurses who work as nurses, as well as others who were also ordained and served as chaplains. It’s worth talking to a vocation director about.


If you are not absolutely committed to the Franciscans, there are some men’s communities whose primary ministries are nursing, and you might want to look into them. Here are two that I know of:

The Alexian Brothers:

Hospitaller Order of St. John of God:


The Brothers of Mercy (there’s various branches) would be what you’re looking for in that regard. :thumbsup:


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