Final message of the second session of the General Chapter

Publié le 6 November 2019

Logo Brothers of Saint JohnThe second session of the General Chapter took place from 22nd to 1st November 2019.

The Brothers of Saint John are aware that this General Chapter is a key stage and that work must continue to allow the community to express the vitality of its charism in the service of Christ and his Church.

Please find the link to access the final message of the General Chapter elaborated and voted by all capitulants as well as the letter to the brothers of Bishop Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life.

Download the official translation of the final message from the second session of the General Chapter

Download the letter from Archbishop Carballo

Escape into Fantasy and Tolkien

Publié le 28 October 2019

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Do you seek to escape reality? To what end? Br. Francis of the Child Jesus, author of the new book “The Theological Landscape of Middle Earth”, has joined Trending with Timmerie to discuss the world of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien, and theology. They discussed the role of beauty, truth, virtue and myth in fantasy, why the Lord of The Rings is such a beloved story and how various characters from Gandalf to Sam play a Christ-like role. Finally, Br Francis told about his youth in Soviet-occupied Lithuania and how he participated in the historic Baltic Chain that liberated eastern Europe.

Click here to listen the radio program

Temporary profession of Br Jean-Marie de la Croix

Publié le 1 October 2019

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Br Jean-Marie de la Croix will make his temporary profession on Sunday 20 October, 2019, in Saint-Jodard, France, where he is currently in formation.

Br François-Xavier, Prior General, the Brothers of Saint John and the family of Br Jean-Marie de la Croix invite you to the ceremony or to join them in prayer.

Looking back over the past 25 years of the priory in Marchegg, Austria

Publié le 1 September 2019

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On the 31 August and 1 September, the Brothers in Austria celebrated 25 years since their foundation in Marchegg. Over two sun-filled days they gave thanks to the Lord for all the good things He has helped to grow over the years there.

The celebration opened with a musical comedy on the biblical figure of Ruth, which Br Antal wrote and presented with the children of the “Kisi Club Marchegg”. Following the First Vespers of Sunday, everyone listened to music from the choir “Adoramus”, who came from the Brothers’ priory in Vilnius and were joined by soloists from Germany, Belgium and Spain: “an apt celebration and concert for the vicariate of Europe!” as the brothers said. The evening followed with a traditional “Heuriger”, an Austrian wine celebration.

The high point of the jubilee was undoubtedly the presence of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who has been a long-time friend of the Brothers and who celebrated the Sunday mass in the conventual church – there were no empty seats! During his homily, the Cardinal evoked another anniversary: on 1 September, 1939, just 80 years ago, the Germans attacked Poland, triggering the Second World War. In words that were very personal and fair-minded, he reminded us just how much war, discord and sin in general leave man deeply wounded. He thus insisted on the vocation of every Christian, and in particular the Brothers and Sisters of Saint John in the current context of the Church, to live the beautiful vocation of intimacy with Christ. Before continuing with a beautiful meditation on true Christian humility, he added: the “heart of the Johannine vocation” consists in constantly “offering and revealing this friendship with Jesus to every man and woman“.

Following a large meal served al fresco and accompanied by traditional Austrian music, there was time to listen to performances from different local choirs and testimonies given by some of the brothers who have lived in Marchegg over the past 25 years.

With the Brothers, we can say, “Thanks be to God for this beautiful jubilee lived in friendship and in faith.”

Click here to visit the German website for the Brothers in Marchegg

The Brothers of Saint John leave Russia

Publié le 25 August 2019

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After 14 years in Russia, the Brothers of Saint John left the priory of Nalchik in the diocese of Saint-Clément in Saratov in late August of this year. Since its foundation in 2005 by Fr Laurent, the Community had been on mission in this immense region, a land that was mostly Muslim and in which only very small Catholic communities existed.

During the farewell mass on 25 August, many local people praised the work undertaken by the Brothers, especially their inter-religious dialogue. “Fr Laurent opened up the Christian world to me, a Muslim. I have become convinced that we pray to the same God; we just pray to Him in different ways“, said a friend from the local community, Ibragim Yaganov. A local pastor, Sergueï, then had these words to share: “Yes, I have remained a Baptist, but Fr Laurent’s life, his ministry and the way in which he treated people changed the way I viewed Catholics“.

Mgr Clemens Pickel, ordinary of the diocese, sent a letter to the Brothers, thanking them for their “accessible witness” and their fidelity to the “small flock of Catholics in the south of European Russia“.

The mission will now be taken over by Fr Raoul, an Argentinian priest, who has become the parish priest for the parishes of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkarie.

For more information, click here for the bilingual (Russian and French) blog of the combined parishes

The death of brother Bernard

Publié le 27 July 2019

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Our brother, Bernard, from the priory in Lomé, Togo, went to the Father on the evening of 27 July. Let us pray for him and give thanks for all the good he did.

Br Bernard was 63 years old. He had been experiencing health problems, for which he recently had to visit France, but nothing suggested he was to leave us so suddenly.

Br Bernard came to the Community in 1988. He spent 6 and a half years in Jaumes, 2 years in Abidjan, and the last 18 years in Lomé. He loved his mission work and wanted to finish his days on this earth in Africa. It had been planned for him to join the foundation in Kara.

25 years of the Marchegg priory

Publié le 20 July 2019

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In 1994, as well as the foundation in Orléans in France, the Brothers of Saint John were sent (and guided by Cardinal Schönborn in person) to Austria, in order to found a priory in Marchegg, a town on the border with Slovakia, situated between the two capital cities of Vienna and Bratislava.

On the weekend of 31 August – 1 September, 2019, the Brothers of Saint John celebrate 25 years in Austria. Cardinal Schönborn presides at the Sunday Mass on 1 September.

25 year jubilee for the priory in Orléans, France

Publié le 12 July 2019

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The Brothers of Saint John from the priory of Blessed Réginald d’Orléans will celebrate 25 years in Orléans on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December, 2019, with Mgr Jacques Blaquart, Bishop of Orléans, and Br François-Xavier, Prior General of the Brothers of Saint John.

A mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated on the Sunday morning, followed by a festive meal.

1994 – 2019 “God is Love”

The Orléans priory was founded in 1994 on the first Sunday of Advent. It is situated near to the city centre and the Loire River and is easily found, thanks to its elevated position. The building (presbytery) adjoins the church to a rich past, which goes back as far as the 9th Century. What is now Saint Laurent became a Clunisian priory in 1107, was destroyed in 1428 and was rebuilt in 1446 and 1626, then again in the second half of the 17th Century following a fire.

On one side of the priory there is a more modern building called “The Franciscans”, in memory of the Franciscan convent that used to occupy that space. On the other side of the priory there also used to be a convent of nuns.

The brothers’ main mission is the parish of Saint Laurent, but they also give courses, conferences, offer pilgrimages, preach at retreats and accompany different groups. Sometimes they do these in collaboration with the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John, who are based in Saint-Jean-Le-Blanc, only a few kilometres away. The brothers regularly visit the sisters to celebrate mass, hear confessions, undertake intellectual work together and meet fraternally.

In addition to the sisters, the Family of Saint John also includes many lay oblates from the surrounding area who offer support, both on a material level and an apostolic level, such as welcoming people to the parish.

New publication

Publié le 3 July 2019

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Br Francis of the Child Jesus has published a book in English on the theology found in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is called Theological Landscape of Middle Earth: On Theology in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fantasy, and is published by Newman House Press.

A book on the theology found in the work of Tolkien, author of the famous trilogy, Lord of the Rings

Fantasy novels can be a good distraction. But they are not limited to that: fantasy novels can be a good way of raising the questions that spring from the depths of man’s heart, including religious and theological questions. They can also express an attempt at answering those questions in a way that could otherwise not be done, most especially through the use of archetypes and mythological symbolism. This book explores these aspects within the creative world of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially his Lord of the Rings.

Click here to purchase a copy

Francis of the Child Jesus NEKROŠIUS, C.S.J.
Theological Landscape of Middle Earth: On Theology in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fantasy
Newman House Press, 2019.
160 pages

25th Anniversary of the Brothers of Saint John in Cebu, the Philippines

Publié le 30 June 2019

“We work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.” 2 Cor. 1:24.

This is the theme the brothers chose to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their presence in the Philippines. They invite you to join them in a prayer of thanksgiving to God, especially on the 20-21 July, 2019.

The Brothers of Saint John founded a priory in Cebu in 1994, at the invitation of His Eminence, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, who wanted the brothers to witness to their religious life and charism, to help in the formation of future priests at the seminary and to work with young people.

The brothers moved to Banawa, Guadalupe, in Cebu city, where they built their convent. They very quickly started up a number of missions: activities for young people, a programme of study scholarships and ministry to families, always with a priority for the poorest people living in the region. They also started to teach philosophy in a number of seminaries and institutions.

In 1995 the priory was blessed and in 1999 the church was consecrated. In 2008, a noviciate house was opened to serve the vocations coming from the Philippines and other Asiatic countries. The Brothers of Saint John now have ten Filipino brothers, the majority of whom are still in formation.

Some major projects have been started, motivated by a vision of the city in which there is a space for communion beyond the barriers that seperate people; a space in which people can encounter God, where hope brings forth joy and help to those who most have need. Inspired by this vision, the Brothers want to establish a new house for the mission of the Brothers of Saint John in Cebu.

Our Lady of Mercy

Another anniversary was also recently celebrated in Cebu. Two years ago, on 17 June, 2017, the statue of Our Lady of Mercy was blessed. The brothers offer thanks for the presence of Mary, who is always with them.

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