WE RELIGIOUS brothers are men striving together tofollow Christ as we serve thehuman needs of those around us.
Whether enjoying our communallife or working in our ministries, wepray together and laugh together.
We share our resources and ourlives. In saying yes to God’s will,we seek to move beyond ourindividual preferences and aim tointegrate the gospel into the wholeof our lives within our particularcommunity’s tradition. For centurieswe have served the poor andabandoned in schools, hospitals,and numerous other settings.
Being a brother isn’t aboutprestige, privileges, or power. Theonly vestment Jesus ever wore wasthe apron he put on at the washingof the feet, when he instructedus to follow his example. Just so,we brothers either wear simplereligious habits or professionaldress suitable to our work. Nothingin our appearance connotes rankor precedence because we are allon the same level. Even positionsof leadership are only of temporaryduration.
At Mass, we rightfully takeour place in the pews among thefaithful rather than in the sanctuary.
We seek to be brothers to all, tobuild communion in the church andthe world through our shared life ofprayer, service, and fraternity. Thatmeans we not only pray togetherand eat together, but also do thedishes together. We carry thosesame instincts and tendencies intothe world around us.
The vocation of brothers
Because we are not ordained,
our work is not based on
sacramental ministry. Anything
we do could also be done by any
faithful Catholic. Whether we
engage in specifically religious
ministry, such as catechesis or
spiritual direction, or in more
socially oriented ministry, such
as healthcare or education, we
welcome God’s grace into every
aspect of our lives and seek to share
it with those of any faith or no faith.
We bind ourselves to Christthrough the vows of celibatechastity, poverty, and obedience,making us uniquely available toemergent needs near and far. Asthese vows shape us throughoutour religious life, we come to relyever more exclusively on the love ofJesus. Psalm 133 captures well thespirit of brothers: “How good andhow pleasant it is, when brotherslive together as one!”
—Brother Brian Poulin, F.M.S.BROTHER BRIAN Poulin, F.M.S. is a vocationminister for the Marist Brothers USA.
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