Institute on Religious Life

Vocation Profile - Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles

Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles

Br. Richard Hirbe f.s.p.
Minister General
P.O. Box 861
Fillmore, CA 93016


Professed members10
Year founded2002
Generalate/motherhouseFillmore, CA

Los Angeles, CA
The mission and vision of the Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles is to give ourselves to God in the service of the sick poor and marginalized, whom we receive in God’s name. The Sick poor mirror to the friars the image of Christ and, likewise, the friars are to mirror to those we minister to the compassionate Christ of the Gospel.

Hope is our charism, in which we assist the sick poor and marginalized to find meaning in their suffering and sickness as being redemptive, inviting them to a fuller life within the Church. To follow Christ more closely while “living in the midst of the world” and to carry on the work of the Church, we choose to live totally and radically as contemporary friars the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience while professing a fourth vow of self-sufficiency.

Each friar personally confirms the total surrendering of self to this mission by professing perpetual vows with the intention of “Ever being ready to tell them the reason for our hope” (1 Peter 3:15).
Practicing Roman Catholic, self-sufficient, employed within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and actively engaged in a ministry with the sick poor or marginalized.

Candidates are asked to furnish medical records, reports, and attestations concerning their physical and mental health, character, and maturity as proof of their ability to undertake the life required by the members of the Institute.
Six months as an observer/inquirer: An opportunity wherein the Institute can get to know the inquirer, his qualities, aptitudes and dispositions.

Six months to one year as a postulant: The postulant and community familiarize themselves with each other, their ministries as well as the charism, statutes, directives and rules of the Institute.

Two years as a novice: Experience the Institute’s way of life, being formed in mind and heart by its spirit, having their intentions and suitability tested while growing in mutual love and charity for the Institute and the sick poor and marginalized. Furthering the study of the statutes, charism and the required theological, encyclical and scriptural studies.

Three years in temporary vows: Renewed annually.

Perpetual profession: Following temporary vows of a minimum of three years.
Age range/limit
24 to 55 years of age for acceptance into the Formation Program.
Belated vocations?
Yes: The maximum age for acceptance into the Formation Program is 55 years of age, residing in and actively engaged in a ministry within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles while remaining self-sufficient and in good health. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.