The Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis has set aside November 30, 2014 through February 2, 2016 as the Year of Consecrated Life. Our Archbishop has set the objectives for this celebration in our Archdiocese: to increase the visibility of religious life/consecrated life, to express appreciation, to highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice, and to educate on the importance of on religious life/consecrated life to the Church. As one means of learning more about religious life/consecrated life, our website will periodically have an educational component in the form of a question and answer. It is our hope that you will not only read the entries but discuss them your family, friends, co-workers. And perhaps share stories about the influence of consecrated women and men in your life.
Who is a Brother?
All Christians are called to share in the brotherhood of Jesus, in them, Jesus continues to walk this earth. In response to this call, some men assume the title Brother. A Religious Brother is called to a vowed life of prayer, community, and ministry and not be a priest. The core elements of a Brother’s life are prayer, community, the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and ministry. Some Brothers belong to communities comprised of only Brothers; others share communities with religious priests and seminarians, e.g., Dominicans, Franciscans, Glenmary, Marianists, based on its charism. In most religious communities of men, one may choose to be a brother or a priest. Brother Leo Kirby writes “Of all the paths to take in the Church it’s the one least traveled upon and to a Brother that makes all the difference.” (www.todaysbrother.com)
More information on Consecrated Life will be posted periodically, so check back often!