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.

We are religious, anchored in the tradition of the Church, living vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Our charism is characterised by communal prayer and fraternal charity, lived out in small priories. This religious setting is the source of the brothers’ apostolic vitality, which is expressed in many different ways according to the requests of local bishops and the brothers’ own creativity.

Our charism is lived concretely in our religious life through four essential pillars: prayer, fraternity, study and apostolic activity or mission.

The charism of the Brothers of Saint John
Video presentation of our charism by Brother Thomas:

Delve a little deeper

Who is Saint John ?

The son of Zebedee, brother of James the Great and a fisherman on the lake of Tiberias…

St John was originally a disciple of St John the Baptist. John the Baptist led him to Jesus and then stepped back to let John follow Christ.
Tradition attributes the Book of the Apocalypse, three canonical letters and the fourth Gospel to St John. His tomb is at Ephesus.
Our prayer to Saint John, recited by the brothers every evening.

The importance of Our Lady

‘When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”

And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home’ (Jn 19:26-27). Like John, we want to receive Mary into our lives and receive her from Jesus as the mother of our life of grace. We consecrate ourselves daily to Our Lady and the rosary is part of both our habit and our spirituality.
The prayer of consecration to the Virgin Mary we recite every day.

What is a religious?

A Brother of Saint John is a religious. ‘Religious’ means ‘fastened to’ or ‘bound to’ (from the Latin religare). A religious is someone who has received a call from Jesus to bind themselves to Him through vows and the common life.

A religious is a baptised person who has received a particular call from Jesus to bind themselves to Him through vows and in the common life. Thus he or she is bound to, or ‘fastened to’ God, by following Jesus in poverty, chastity and obedience, and by keeping His new commandment to “love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13 :34-35). In order to live this relationship with God and with our brothers and sisters, we rely on the Church, founded by Jesus upon Peter and the apostles.

To see the whole video :

Brother Thomas presents the charism of the Brothers of Saint-John.