Questions & Answers For The Christian Brothers Today
Q1. What is the difference between a Religious Brother and a Priest?
A religious Brother consecrates himself as a lay person, pronounces vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and belongs to an Institute or Order. Generally speaking, Brothers are involved in the educational or social field.
A priest is ordained by the Church to offer sacrifice to God in the Mass, to dispense the sacraments and is generally involved in pastoral works.
Q2. What are the "steps" to becoming a Brother?
If you express an interest in becoming a Brother you will discuss the matter with a Brother and your family will be consulted. You may then be asked to enter the "Postulancy" stage, a time of waiting and discernment lasting usually 6 months to a year.
If all goes well, you will be admitted to the "Novitiate" a place where you will focus on your personal spiritual development. This will last for one to two years. After the Novitiate you move to the "Scholasticate" a place where you will pursue your studies, usually to degree level. On completion of the Scholasticate you will be placed in a "Community" of Brothers to carry out your educational mission either in schools/universities or in other educational initiatives. As St. La Salle put it "the need for this Institute is very great."
Anyone with an interest in the religious life expecially of the Brotherhood, is very welcome to contact the Brother Director of La Salle College.
EVER THOUGHT OF BECOMING A DE LA SALLE BROTHER?