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 MARIST BROTHERS fms
The Marist Brothers were founded in France in 1817 by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, a young sensitive and energetic priest. He wanted Brothers to respond to the spiritual and social needs of the young and poor, especially through education. Marcellin’s was known as a man of "strong mind and gentle heart." By the time he died in 1840 (aged 51), there were over 280 Brothers, and already some had left as missionaries to parts of Oceania. Since 1817, over 40,000 men have become Marist Brothers. Today, Marist Brothers live and work in 74 countries and number about 5,000. In Australia there are currently about 380 Brothers.
After our names, Marist Brothers write the letters "F.M.S.", which represent the Latin words meaning MARIST BROTHERS OF THE SCHOOLS. Marcellin also called us the ‘LITTLE BROTHERS OF MARY’ to highlight the qualities of humility, simplicity, family spirit and attachment to and affection for Mary who is our inspiration and guide.
Brothers live in communities where we work at developing personally and spiritually, supporting one another in our various ministries. Our communities witness to the fact that people can live in peace and harmony with one another and that reconciliation between individuals is possible. Many young people, in recent years, have chosen to share community life with us for a time as they seek to explore Marcellin’s spirituality.
Mission and Ministry:
As Marist Brothers, we strive to live the mission of Jesus, revealing God's love for all. We respond to the needs of people of our time, especially the young and marginalised. We walk with them as brothers, with care and practical concern so that they may live full and active lives.
We use the word "ministry" when we refer to the works we do. In Australia our four main areas of ministry are: Education (at all levels – day schools; boarding schools; primary; secondary; tertiary – with both indigenous and non-indigenous students); Welfare (e.g. programmes for adolescents at risk); Youth and Young Adults (eg. retreats, camps, spiritual development); and Missionary Work (eg. Solomons, PNG, Cambodia, India.)
This is a word that means a "gradual preparation and becoming". Marist formation exists for all people exploring a commitment to Marist life. Formation is seen as a life-long process of growth. The principal means employed on this journey are:
The main steps in the formation of a Marist Brother:
Marist Vocations Team
Br Greg McDonald, fms.
Phone: 0407 492 022
Br Rod Thomson, fms.
Phone: 0428 627 478
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
The Brothers of St. John of God, formed themselves around John of God at Granada, Spain, in the early 1540s to help him care for those who were living on the ‘edges of society’ at the time. At the time of John of God’s death he confided the care and guidance of his brotherhood to one of its founding members, Anton Martin. In 1552 Anton led the brotherhood in its move, together with the persons in its care, to the new John of God residence just outside the city walls. Here the ministry continued to provide the welcoming, humanised care that was John of God’s legacy to the world. He was well known for his hospitality towards people and his followers today try to perpetuate his attitudes and values in a style of care that they describe as Hospitality.
Today John of God’s followers, form an international organisation of brothers, employees, volunteers and supporters that underpins the existence and operation of some 231 health care and social welfare services throughout the world. The Order today is found on every continent and in 55 countries. It is responsible for a spectrum of health care and social welfare services.
Mission and Ministry:
The Order came to Australia from Ireland in 1947. Its work was with a residential special school for boys with learning difficulties. This facility grew into the the "St John of God Family Services" in Carrington, New South Wales. In the early fifties the successful operation of the Order’s NSW residential special school brought invitations to set up other schools. Consequently the Order moved to Victoria and New Zealand. St. John of God Hospitals were established in the fifties. The Order has also made further foundations in Papua New Guinea. Presently brothers are involved in a variety of ministries.
‘Casa Venegas’ a housing programme for persons whose homelessness is compounded by a psychiatric illness.
Being with people who are suffering with alcohol and other drug related issues.
Working with marginalised young people who are homeless.
Working with people who have AIDS and other related illnesses.
Hospital and prison chaplaincy.
Professional formation in developing Asian countries.
Involvement in working with people suffering with disabilities in China.
Working in the area of aged care both in a nursing home environment and those still living at home.
Some brothers are involved in the area of Spiritual Direction.
Working with adults who have disabilities.
Working with families whose need for assistance is manifested in a child’s emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Working in areas of administration in regard to health care and social welfare.
The formation programme of a St. John of God Brother takes into a account the whole person. The Accompaniment Programme is a period of time for a person who is inquiring about the Order to discern with a brother the particular choices that are open to them in regard to their particular vocation in life.
The time of Novitiate is that part of the programme where a person after a period of discernment lives in a particular house of the Order in community with other people who are exploring their option to be a religious brother. It is a time when a person has the opportunity to explore their relationship with their God, themselves and with others. The Novitiate is situated at Richmond (one hour's drive from Sydney.)
It is following the time of Novitiate that a person makes their first vows and these are then renewed on a yearly basis from six to eight years before final commitment. This time following Novitiate is also a time when a person undertakes their professional studies and becomes more involved in the area of ministry.
If you would like information about the St. John of God Brothers please contact:
Br. John Clegg. OH.
Hospitaller Order of St John of God
PO Box BN 1055
Burwood North NSW 2134
Telephone: 02 9747 1699
Facsimile: 02 9744 3262