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the mission of making the compassionate love
of Christ real and tangible in the lives of young
people since our foundation in Lyon, France in
1821. Our brothers can be found in 32 countries around the world ministering as teachers,
administrators, coaches, campus ministers, and
counselors in schools of all types. We also have
brothers serving youth in colleges, prisons,
parishes, literacy centers, and in third-world
missions around the globe. We have the Loving
Heart of Jesus as our focal point; his compassion
enriches our prayer life and mission. He calls us
to live as brothers: encouraging and supporting
each other in community. Contact: Br. Daniel St.
Jacques, S.C.; email@example.com;. brothersofthesacredheart.org. Member of Compass.
Capuchin Franciscan Friars of Great Britain
( O.F.M.Cap.) In a time when reform was needed
within both the church and the Franciscan family, Matteo Bassi, a friar, sought a life away from
possessions, position, and wealthy benefactors
to spend a life as a hermit, with the externals of
coarse habit, long hood (capuce: hence “
Capuchin”), and bare feet. He and his companions
were established in 1543. Today there are 10,500
Capuchin friars throughout the world. The local
Capuchin community normally consists of four
to six friars living together, dependent on each
other for prayer, meals, and recreation together
and to fulfill the various duties of each place:
study, pastoral work, office work, retreats and
missions, vocational work, the sacrament of
reconciliation, lecturing, care for people who
come to the friary, and chaplaincy work for
hospitals, prisons, and schools, among others.
Contact: Br. Zbigniew Fryska, O.F.M.Cap; cap.
vocation. Member of Compass.
Christian Brothers (C.F.C.) The Congregation of Christian Brothers was founded by
Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762-1844), a
lay businessman, in 1802. He began his work
in Waterford, Ireland, where his particular concern was the plight of Catholics who had been
excluded from education because of the penal
laws in force at the time. By the end of the 19th
century the Congregation had grown steadily in
membership and Brothers had moved to many
different countries around the world. Today,
Christian Brothers live in a faith community.
They engage with people in their daily lives, often
in the context of education and faith journey, but
also as community workers, youth workers, and
teachers. They are committed to being with poor
people in their struggles, and in their desire for
a better life. A Brother is committed to: spiritual
search, life in community, and service of others,
especially the poor. Contact: Br. Dominic Sassi,
C.F.C.; firstname.lastname@example.org; christian-brothervocation.org. Member of Compass.
Congregation of the Passion (C.P.),
Passionists The Passionists are a Catholic
Religious Order of Pontifical Right founded by
St. Paul of the Cross in Italy in 1720. Passionist
priests, brothers, nuns, sisters and laypeople
proclaim God’s love for the world revealed
Latin America, Europe, including UK and Ireland.
Our ministries include education and healthcare,
parish pastoral, catechesis, spiritual and vocational
accompaniment, hospital and university chaplaincy,
and counselling/psycho-therapy. Through our
charism, calling us to a life of Adoration of Jesus,
the Incarnate Son of God, we seek to live close to the
poor; to see Him in every human face, serving Him
above all in those who are marginalized. Contact:
Sr. Agnes Cullen, U.J.; email@example.com; www.
ursulinesjesus.org; Member of Compass.
Benedictine Monks (O.S.B.), Worth Abbey Benedictine monastic life was instituted
in the Church in the sixth century; to this day,
monks follow the Holy Rule as our response
to Christ’s call. Monks listen to Christ through
Church teaching, through the Scriptures, and
through the Abbot and Community. Our response is the obedience of community living, the
stability of community prayer and the conversion
of mutual service. At Worth Abbey, 20 monks
sing daily Mass and the full Divine Office of the
Church in the Abbey church, and, as witnesses
to the eternal truths of God, practice lectio divina
of scripture and private mental prayer. We follow
the monastic tradition of earning our own living
through educational and pastoral works, offering
hospitality to guests and, by our communal way
of life, stand out against worldliness and social
disharmony. Worth Abbey is a monastery of the
English Benedictine Congregation, and a member
of the worldwide Benedictine Confederation.
Contact: Fr. Mark Barrett, O.S.B.; jmbarrett@
worth.org.uk; www.worthabbey.net. Member
Brothers of Christian Instruction (F.I.C.)
[De La Mennais Brothers] The Brothers of
Christian Instruction, also known as the De La
Mennais Brothers, is a teaching order founded
by Fr. Jean-Marie de la Mennais with Fr. Gabriel
Deshayes in 1819 to teach the poor children of
Brittany in Western France who had not had the
chance to go to school nor to learn about their
faith due to the social upheaval caused by the
French Revolution in 1789. Father De La Mennais gave the new congregation the motto, “Dieu
Seul” (D.S.), which means “For God Alone.”
The Brothers are now in 26 countries around the
world, including France, Uganda, Chile, Japan,
England, Italy, the U.S., and Indonesia. Wherever
they are their aim remains that of their founder:
to educate the young and to “make Jesus Christ
better known and better loved.” Contact: Br.
James Hayes, F.I.C.; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.
brojames.blogspot.co.uk. Member of Compass.
Brothers of the Sacred Heart (S.C.) The
Brothers of the Sacred Heart have been about
through the Passion of Jesus Christ and carry
a message of compassion and hope to 61 coun-
tries throughout the world. Our mission aims at
evangelizing by means of the Word of the Cross.
In England and Wales Passionist ministry started
with the peaching of retreats and missions, other
ministries developed after Vatican II, including
the Inner City Mission, our primary mission
now, where Passionists of St. Joseph Province
live and work among people of deprived areas.
Contact: Fr. Martin Newell, C.P.; vocations@
Member of Compass.
Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.) The British
Region of Discalced Carmelites have communities in London, Oxford and Bucks. It is a large
international Order founded by St. Teresa of Avila
and St. John of the Cross, dedicated to Our Lady
of Mt. Carmel, whose virtues of faith and service
we strive to imitate. We find our inspiration in
the Prophet Elijah, who burned with zeal for the
Lord. We live in small communities, nurtured
by the Word of God, dedicated to prayer and
apostolic service. We are called to union with
God through friendship with Christ and each
other; to a life of prayer and service to the Church
and world. Contact: Fr. John McGowan, O.C.D.;
email@example.com; www.carmelitevo-cation.ie. Member of Compass.
Hospitaller Order of St. John of God
(O. H.) Worldwide over 1,230 Brothers live and
work within 25 provinces across five continents.
The Province of Saint John of God comprises
Great Britain, Ireland, New Jersey, and Malawi
where the Brothers fulfill a variety of roles in governance, leadership, and pastoral and hands-on
support. Most importantly they are the guardians
and promoters of the story of Saint John of God,
his life, and his charism, keeping alive his mission
in 53 countries today. The Brothers profess the
three vows of religious life which are traditional
within the church: poverty, chastity, and obedience. To these they add a fourth vow of hospitality. By this fourth vow they give their lives over to
the service of the poor and broken in society, just
as Saint John of God had done before them. Contact: Br. Ronan Lennon, O.H.; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Jesuits (S.J.), Society of Jesus Founded by
St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, and living in the
spirit of his Spiritual Exercises, we are servants
of Christ participating in the Church’s overall
mission of evangelization. We seek to proclaim
Christ’s love by our service of the poor and our
work for justice. We seek to uncover His presence in our world through our engagement
with culture and through dialogue with men
and women of other faiths. We seek to promote
His kingdom by being instruments of reconciliation, in humanity’s relationship with God, with
creation, and amongst peoples. We are sent to
where the needs are greatest, and in particular
to the frontiers where faith and culture meet,