Is a man who:
Is called and committed to sharing in the life and mission of his Religious Congregation
Nourishes and fosters his relationship with God through personal and communal prayer, and service
Lives a vow of chastity, living celibately, which means choosing a different way of loving ~ which allows him to be available to many people, loving and caring for them deeply, but non-exclusively
Lives a vow of poverty, living simply and sharing his personal gifts, time and resources with his community, and those with whom he ministers.
Lives a vow of obedience, listening attentively for God's call to respond to the needs of our world, which he discerns through prayer, through dialogue with his community and with other people
May serve as a missionary to people of other cultures
May serve in education, health care, parish or youth ministry, social work, spirituality, media, aged care. Some brothers choose to live as contemplatives
May be commissioned by his community to serve wherever there is any need, especially among those who are the most disadvantaged
May be a member of a Clerical Religious Congregation and is not ordained to the priesthood.
Carmelites - OCarm
75 Wright Street
Middle Park NSW 3206
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Christian Brothers - Congregation of Christian Brothers (CFC)
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De La Salle Brothers (FSC)
Po Box 3485
Bankstown NSW 2200
Ph: (02) 9795 6412
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Minimum three-year degree or trade; or significant work experience with/without qualifications
The Brothers of Saint Patrick were founded on 2nd February, 1808, in the remote diocese of Kildare-Leighlin in Ireland by Bishop Daniel Delany. [One year earlier he had founded the Sisters of Saint Brigid.] At that time, the ordinary fold of Ireland - especially the young - faced very bleak futures. there was widespread economic poverty, unemployment and lawlessness. Daniel Delany had the vision that by Providing the yuoung with an education in the Four Rs - reading (w)Riting, (a)Rithmatic and Religion - many of the social problems could be better addressed. Therefore, he gathered a group of men who would enable the youth of the diocese to take more responsibility for building their own lives as members of their country and their church. After extremely difficult beginnings, the Brothers of Saint Patrick slowly spread to other dioceses in Ireland. Today you will the Brothers in India (1875), Australia (1883), California (1946), Kenya (1961), Papua New Guinea (1968), and Ghana (2008).
The spirituality of the Patrician Brothers has its origins in the life of Saint Patrick - Apostle of Ireland. Patrick wrote in his Confessions of his calling to bring to the people of Ireland the Good News of Jesus Christ; he also recounted the many hardships he endured in this mission. A strong commitment to the Presence of Jesus Christ in al the circumstances of life characterised Patrick's life. The Patrician Brothers are enlivened by Patrick's faith in Christ: daily we recite
The Breastplate of Saint Patrick to emphasise that we find Christ "in the heart of everyone who thinks of me."
"We Patricians, inspired by the life of Jesus Christ, rise to proclaim our Creator's option for the poor. We hold all of creation to be holy and worthy of reverence. We dedicate ourselves to restore right relationships to our world by compassion and action for justice. We refuse to separate our faith from life. through life-giving Brotherhood and prayer we strive for a union of hearts and minds. We carry forward with our apolostic initiatives to promote wholeness, welcome and self-worth." [Patrician Mission Statement].
We are involved in a variety of ministries throughout Sydney, Thursday Island and Papua New Guinea:
For the Patrician Brother, formation is a life-long journey. We choose to live our Baptismal consecration by living celibacy in communities, sharing poverty, and obediently listening to one another.
Formation concerns the human, spiritual and pastoral dimensions in the development of a Patrician Brother, it is adapted to the needs of the individual candidate and to the Brothers as a whole.
Formation formally commences with a pre-Novitiate period of up to two years in which the candidate examines more closely Patrician Brotherhood by living in one of the Patrician communities. The Novitiate of two years is a time for reflection and closer study of the various aspects of Patrician Brotherhood and Church. The candidate may then make his First Profession of Vows - Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. He lives his Brotherhood engaged in the works of the Brothers and/or in further study. After five years, he may apply for Final Profession of Vows.
If you would like information about the Patrician Brothers, please contact:
32 Bottlebrush Ave