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“Oh, God, to know you is life.

To serve You is freedom.

To praise You is the soul’s

joy and delight.”

–St. Augustine


Are you called to a vocation with

the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius?

Some questions for Reflection:
  • Do you desire to grow in holiness?

  • Are you attracted to a life of prayer?

  • Do you wish to live for the common good over your own interests?

  • Do you feel ready to lay aside your life to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ?



Admission is open to Catholic men who desire to lead a life based on the Constitutions of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. 


Requirements for Applicants
  • Must be between 18 and 40 years old.

  • Have completed high school or its equivalent.

  • In good physical health and have a balanced personality, capable of living a communal life.

  • Not be in a valid marriage recognized by the Church.

  • Be free of financial obligations.

  • Have an aptitude for further development in the four pillars of formation: Spiritual, Human, Intellectual, and Pastoral.


Arrange for a Visit

We recommend interested men come to Chicago to visit us for a few days. Experience the community life and work of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius as you pray and work along side of the Canons as we go about our usual daily ministry.


There will be no pressure, just companions ready to lend a hand in discovering where God is calling you. Our Superior General, Fr. Joshua Caswell SJC, will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Guidance from Scripture*

Old Testament
  • Gen 12:1-4

  • Ex3:10-12, 4:1, 10-12

  • 1 Sam 3:1-10

  • Am 7:14-15

  • Is 6:8

  • Jer 1:4-8

  • Ez 3:1-4

  • 1 King 10


New Testament
  • Lk 6:12-15

  • Lk 4:1-13

  • Mk 3:13-15

  • Lk 10:38-42

  • Lk 18:15-30

  • Lk 12:22-31

  • Lk 9:57-62

  • Phil 1:9-10

  • Mt 16:25-28

  • Rom 8:26-31

  • Mt 22:1-14

Suggested Reading

*Original list of scriptures and readings from

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