It was the sense of brotherhood, and the mission of living and preaching the Gospel that drew me. I was 16 when I applied to join the Order, and 17 when I entered the novitiate.
I believe that God calls each and every one of us continuously through life but there is a moment when we first become aware of it, a moment when we first “tune-in” so to speak.
Experiences of a relationship with Christ, as an active call to live out my faith as a creative path towards God, had existed through many of my childhood years.
After 60 years in the Franciscan order, I have never found the answer to the question - did I find Francis or did he find me? I have tried various efforts to get close to the answer.