Becoming a brother

“ The prospect of young people being called to religious life in your family is a good both for them and for the Church.” (Cardinal Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, June 2016)

Discerning a call

The word ‘vocation’ comes from the Latin, vocare, to call. Just as at the time of the first disciples, Christ continues to issue a call to certain people: “Come and follow me”. The response to such a call is an eminently personal and free act. The Church, through her […]


After a preliminary time of discernment as a postulant (about 1 year), the first stage of formation is the novitiate (between 18 and 24 months). During this period the novice receives the habit and his religious name. The third stage is simple profession (for at least 4 years) […]

Do the brothers become priests ?

The heart of our vocation is our consecration to the Lord through religious profession in the footsteps of St John. The priesthood, which the majority of brothers receive, is therefore received within that consecration. […]


Témoignage des Frères de Saint-Jean

In 1997, having just completed my first year of studies, I attended the World Youth Day in Paris. At the Champ de Mars the Holy Father greeted each nation. He spoke to the Germans twice, saying “ Where are you ? ” […]