After attending a local fraternity meeting for about three months, you will have some idea if a Franciscan way of life and spirituality suits you, and if you think it does, then you can ask to be admitted to the formation program. Because there is so much to learn and because there are what are called seasons of the spiritual life during this time, the Candidacy period of the Secular Franciscans lasts at least one year and usually two years. Only after that period is completed do you make a life time commitment to the Franciscan way of life. There are essentially two elements or questions to a Secular Franciscan vocation: 1. Do I desire it? 2. Am I capable of living it?