Who we are

Our charism

Our charism takes its inspiration from the figure and writings of the disciple Saint John. It is summed up in the following words : Like the apostle John, living together as friends of Christ and witnessing to his light and his love. […]

Our life

We live in small communities, called priories, made up of 5 to 10 brothers. We lead a religious life according to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Our life involves 4 essential dimensions: prayer, fraternity, study and apostolic activity.

Our history

History of the Brothers of Saint John

In the early 1970s, a group of young French men who were attending classes taught by Fr Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P. at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, felt called to give themselves to God and were seeking a way in which they could respond to […]

Our governance

The current Prior General is Brother François-Xavier, who was elected in May 2019.The Prior General is the main superior of the Institute and is elected for 6 years by the General Chapter. His mandate may be renewed for a further 3 years. He is responsible for leading the community in faithfulness […]

Family of Saint John


The Brothers form part of the Family of Saint John, which also includes two other religious communities – the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John and the Contemplative Sisters of Saint John – as well as laypeople – the Oblates of Saint John.

The lighter side of life

Our life is also simple and joyful, with opportunities for fun! Living together as brothers, and undertaking apostolic work together, is indeed very good. It is often said that God has a sense of humour, so we don’t want to leave out that trait of the Spirit !