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Brotherhood of Hope: What's a Brother?

What is a brother? Why become a brother? What is the difference between a brother and a priest? Why aren't all brothers priests? These are some of the questions that the Brotherhood of Hope has encountered ...



Ever thought of becoming a Marist Brother?Brother John Kachinsky, FMS

We offer the young men who show an interest in our way of life the opportunity to deepen their experience of human and Christian life. We help them to know themselves, accept and transcend themselves, ...

My road to becoming an Atonement BrotherBrother Thomas Banacki, S.A.

My vocation story began in Bayonne, New Jersey where I attended St. Henry's elementary school in the late '50s and early '60s. Our school was staffed by the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth. I believe ...

Preach the gospel always ... Mirrors of the Gospel messageBrother John Maganzini, OFM

Religious Brothers are men who, as an extension of their baptismal commitment and members of the priesthood of Christ, respond to a "call" to serve the Church in a variety of ministries. Under the umbrella ...

Religious Brothers: Gifts received, shared, givenBrother Robert J. Green, C.F.X.

Our Church has had opportunities for consecrated life for non-ordained, "lay" men since its early centuries, starting in the desert areas of Egypt and the Middle East. Over time, many of the men's religious ...

Tired of religious discrimination?Richard Doerflinger

New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch hit the ground running in April, taking part in oral arguments on what I see as this year's most important case. At issue is a Missouri program for safer playgrounds ...

Never-ending parentingBill Dodds

A dear friend recently became a grandma for the first time and now the baby is "already" a month old. How did that happen so quickly? In a couple of months, two of my three children will "already" be ...

What our collaborative is and is notBrian Romer Niemiec

I started working for the Sacred Heart and Our Lady's Collaborative in Newton about 18 months ago. By that time, this "Phase I" experiment had already written its local pastoral plan and was at the very ...

Emmaus and usScott Hahn

We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today's Gospel. Downcast and confused they're making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred. They know ...