Apply to TFE

We can invite up to 30 participants for The Franciscan Experience. We are looking for those who are mission-oriented, have a theological itch, and a heart for serving others – especially the poor. Applications are reviewed by the TFE team consisted of FranU faculty, staff, and students. They are prayerfully considered and we expect all responses to be authentic and honest.

Disclaimer: While we wish to accept all who wish to participate, having a cap on participation is essential to the mission of TFE and for logistical reasons regarding our service location at St. Vincent de Paul. We appreciate your understanding.

Applications are due Monday, April 6, 2020!

First step is to complete the resume/short answer portion below. Upon completion, click the "Apply to TFE" button to be guided to the application where you will complete the information and upload a PDF of your responses.

TFE Short Answer Questions

Please choose at least 4 of the 7 options below, with question number 1 being included. We ask you give at least 3-4 sentences per question. This section is important for us to get a sense of who you are now, your relationship with others and Christ, and if TFE is something you would benefit from. Honesty and authenticity are key to reflecting on and answering these questions so feel free to go beyond 3-4 sentences, if necessary!

  1. Why do you want to attend The Franciscan Experience? What attracts you to this opportunity? What is your hope for attending if you are chosen as a participant?
  2. What is your idea of vocational discernment at this point? What is your biggest struggle/success with discerning vocation?
  3. Think about your different service experiences in the past. What has been the most rewarding memory? Why? Did your faith play a role in that moment?
  4. Have you even been exposed to theology? For example, church, school, etc. What is your perception of theology? Please give details to support your answer.
  5. What is your prayer life like up unto this point? What are some things you would like to improve on? Give some experiences with the Mass, the Sacraments, etc. if you wish to do so.
  6. If you could choose one thing that you are most passionate about, besides your faith, whether that be a hobby or activity, what would it be? Explain why you’re passionate about it. How do you think you could use that passion to serve the common good?
  7. What is your current community (friends, family, etc.) like? Do they support you in your faith or lead you toward positive, moral decisions?

Leadership & Involvement

On the same document as your short answer questions, please include a list of the following:

  1. Leadership positions you currently hold or have held.
  2. Involvement in your community and church parish/congregation.
  3. Service opportunities you've participated in.
  4. Other activities in which you are involved (church, school, and community)