Links to Religious Communities
The following are links to religious communities and organizations that support and embrace the vocation to religious brotherhood. Some are communities exclusively composed of brother members and others are mixed communities comprised of both priests and brothers. Click on the names for more information.
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Alexian Brothers – a lay, apostolic religious community of brothers, bound together by religious vows, who dedicate themselves primarily to live in community and to participate in the ministry of healing in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
Augustinians of the Midwest – part of a worldwide religious community of priests and brothers whose lives are centered in the Eucharist and prayer, they search for God in community by sharing their lives, goods and spiritual journey with each other and with the people of God.
* The Brigittine Monks – a monastic community, given to prayer and contemplation, according to the Rule of St. Augustine. This is an ancient way of life in its concept of the withdrawal from the mainsteam of activities of society; however, the monks seek to place its ancient traditions into this era, conveying its attraction and needfulness to the culture of our times.
* The Brotherhood of Hope – a canonically recognized religious community of brothers who serve the new evangelization of Pope John Paul II, particularly by reaching out to lapsed and uncommitted Catholics, and are involved in college campus ministry and men's retreats and conferences.
Brothers of Charity – a congregation founded in Belgium and serving in about thirty countries, working in three fields: education, mental health care, and care for the disabled, always with concern for the weak being the central point.
Brothers of Christian Instruction – also known as the de la Mennais Brothers and the Institutum Fratrum Instructionis Christianae de Plöermel, FICP is a teaching order of brothers founded in France in 1819 by Gabriele Deshayes and Jean-Marie de la Mennais. In keeping with their original mission to educate children in primary and secondary school, they have also been instrumental in the founding and operation of Walsh University and in vocational schools around the world in 25 countries.
Brothers of Holy Cross – a group of clerical and lay religious called to become brothers, to make a common life together and to embark upon ministries in concert with one another and with their sisters in Holy Cross.
Brothers of St. Patrick – also known as the Patrician Brothers, a community of religious brothers who have missions in Ireland, India, the U.S.A., Australia, Kenya, Ghana and Papua New Guinea.
* Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception – a congregation of priests and brothers, living in common according to the Rule of Saint Augustine, dedicating themselves to all the duties and offices of the pastoral ministry in the parishes where they serve.
* Canons Regular of St. John Cantius – a Roman Catholic community of priests and brothers dedicated to a restoration of the sacred in the context of parish ministry, by helping others to rediscover a profound sense of the sacred through solemn liturgies, devotions, sacred art and music, as well as instruction in the heritage of the Church, catechetics and Catholic culture.
Claretian Missionaries – a religious community of priests and brothers dedicated to the mission of living and spreading the Gospel of Jesus in more than sixty countries on five continents. Their primary ministries are devoted to social concerns and issues of justice and peace in parishes, foreign missions, and publishing.
Congregation of Christian Brothers – a worldwide community of religious brothers founded by Blessed Edmund Rice. Commonly known for their work in evangelization and education of youth, but also involved in many ministries, especially with the poor.
Congregation of the Lttle Brothers of the Good Shepherd – a pontifical institute whose members profess the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience; and who live together in community and join in social service and healthcare related ministries to the poor and needy in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland and Haiti.
Congregation of the Resurrection – a religious community of priests, permanent deacons and brothers serving in parishes and institutes founded on February 17, 1836, under the leadership of a layman, Bogdan Janski.
* Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Bonaventure Province – part of the worldwide Franciscan Order founded in 1209, they emphasize the "conventual" tradition and minister primarily in urban settings. The St. Bonaventure Province was founded in 1939 and its friars serve in Midwest parishes and foreign missions, in education and evangelization, shrine ministry and work with the poor.
De La Salle Christian Brothers – founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers, they are the largest group of brothers in the Church dedicated exclusively to education, especially of the poor, with 100 institutions in the U.S.A. (including 58 high schools and seven colleges/universities) and serving in 84 countries worldwide.
* Discalced Carmelite Friars, St. Joseph Province – followers of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, they live as brothers in community. With Mary as their patroness, they serve Christ and His Church through ministries of prayer, presence, evangelization and pastoral care.
Franciscan Brothers Minor – an emerging congregation of priests and brothers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who observe the Franciscan Rule of 1223 "without gloss" (test), their distinctive character is the strict observance of the Rule combined with and joined to the Marian Vow of total consecration to the Immaculate, the Marian Vow being the crowning jewel of their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They are guided by the wisdom of the early Capuchins whose reform endured for three centuries.
Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn – also known as "Congregation of the Religious Brothers of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis," they arrived from Ireland in 1858 to serve the Diocese of Brooklyn primarily as educators, and founded schools as far away as Florida and California.
* Franciscan Brothers of Peace – a religious institute of brothers founded in 1982 by Brother Michael Gaworski to live and proclaim "The Gospel of Life" by devoting themselves to serving and defending the most vulnerable of our society.
Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist – a community of religious brothers founded in complement with the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Meridan, Connecticut.
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement – a Franciscan community of priests and brothers founded by Fr. Paul Wattson in 1898 at Graymoor, New York, especially noted for its ecumenical and pastoral ministries in the United States, Canada, England, Italy and Japan.
* The Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles – a community whose mission and vision is to give themselves to God in the service of the sick poor and marginalized, whom they receive in God's name as they follow Christ more closely while "living in the midst of the world." Hope is the friars' charism in which they 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. The friars remain "Ever ready to tell them the reason for our hope."
TOR Franciscan Friars – The Third Order Regular Franciscans developed in the early 13th century from the convergence of groups of penitents who where inspired by the life of Saint Francis. The Province of the Immaculate Conception is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and its friars serve in parishes, retreat centers and the missions.
Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God – an international religious order of Roman Catholic Brothers dedicated to caring for the poor, the sick, the dying and the disabled in over 50 countries around the world, including the United States.
* Institute of Charity – a religious congregation of priests and brothers, also known as the Rosminians, founded by Bl. Antonio Rosmini, whose ideal of "universal charity" underlies their way of life and emphasizes a desire to live closer to Christ and His teaching by trusting completely in divine providence and love of God.
Jesuit Brothers – members of the Society of Jesus who proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ by working in such fields as education, drama, technology, engineering, manual labor and social ministries.
* Missionaries of Mariannhill – a pontifical mission congregation in the United States and sixteen other countries, comprised of priests, brothers, sisters, and lay missionaries, founded by Abbot Francis Pfanner. Their apostolate is to bring the Faith to those places where the Church is not yet established or has disappeared.
* Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary – a religious congregation of priests and brothers, dedicated to serving the needs of God's family while witnessing the great love present in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Oblates of St. Joseph – a community comprised of priests and brothers, who seek to serve Jesus in imitation of St. Joseph and who strive to serve the Church by promoting devotion to St. Joseph, serving in parish ministry, working with youth, and wherever Divine Providence leads them.
* Order of Our Lady of Mercy – also known as the Mercedarians, this is an international community of priests and brothers, founded in 1218, who live a life of prayer and communal fraternity based on the Rule of Saint Augustine and serve in schools, prisons, hospitals and foreign missions.
* Salesians of St. John Bosco – a society of apostolic life made up of seminarians, clerics and laymen who complement each other to carry out St. Don Bosco's apostolic plan in a specific form of religious life: to be in the Church signs and bearers of the love of God for young people, especially those who are poor.
* Servants of Charity – a community of religious priests and brothers, also known as the Guanellians, they work with developmentally disabled children and adults.
Society of Mary (Marianists) Province of Meribah – an order of priests and brothers founded by Bl. William Joseph Chaminade in the aftermath of the French Revolution with the purpose of bringing the Catholic faith back to a secularized world, primarily through the work of education. The Province of Meribah operates schools and retreat houses in the New York area.
Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity – this community, founded in 1958 by Fr. James Flanagan, and comprised of all vocations, is a missionary community serving all those in deepest apostolic need drawing all peoples into union with the discipleship of Jesus and Mary.
Society of the Divine Savior – also called Salvatorians, an order of priests and brothers founded Rome in 1881 by Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan. They take the Word of God all over the globe, ministering wherever there is a need, and carrying out the task received from the founder, never to rest content until all creatures know, accept and love Christ.
Spiritans – also known as the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, they are a group of priests and brothers with many diverse personalities and backgrounds called by God and committed to serving those most in need in a great diversity of cultures.
Other Brother Organizations:
Religious Brotherhood Conference – an organization that gives visibility to the special charism of the vocation of brothers and invites all brothers and others of the Church community to proclaim the role and ministry of the religious brotherhood in today's world.
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