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As a Brother, you will live a life in community, dedicated to a life of prayer and service as you seek to be a witness of Christ’s love for all in our community, in our ministries around the world.

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You’ll live very active lifestyles and participate in most of the same activities as every other person in a family. We all share the daily responsibilities of shopping, cleaning, cooking, laundry, and household maintenance. We also celebrate birthdays, holydays and holidays, read, study, attend Mass, and pray. We talk, laugh, console, disagree and joke with each other, always mindful to be sensitive to the feelings of each other.

We also devote time to develop our own individual interests, talents and hobbies, as well as socializing with family and friends. We enjoy outdoor activities such as traveling, sports, bicycling, camping or skiing. Others spend quiet time reading in our library, photography, or listening to music.

Ideally, we are looking for men to join us who...

  • are active in the practice of their Catholic faith
  • believe they are being called to become a religious Brother
  • are at least 21 years of age and are in good spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health
  • are unmarried
  • have completed at least two years of college or university
  • are capable of living a chaste, obedient and simple lifestyle


Do you have a desire to deepen your spiritual life?

Do you have the personality to easily mix with others?

Are you active in your parish community or are you involved in roles of volunteer service?

Do you have a spiritual mentor or spiritual director?

Are you willing to share your life with others who desire to live a religious life?

Are you able to make a commitment to living a chaste celibate lifestyle?

Do you possess the necessary requirements to live a religious life?