1975: Beginning of the Community of the Brothers of Saint John in Fribourg, Switzerland
1981: First lay oblatures
1981: The Brothers move to Rimont, France
1981: First apostolic priory founded at Cotignac
1982: Start of the Contemplative Sisters of Saint John
1984: Start of the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John
1986: The Community of the Brothers of Saint John established as an Institute of Diocesan Right (Diocese of Autun)
1993: The Community of the Apostolic Sisters of Saint John established as an Institute of Diocesan Right (Diocese of Autun)
1994: The Community of the Contemplative Sisters of Saint John established as an Institute of Diocesan Right (Diocese of Lyons)
2001: Election of Br Jean-Pierre-Marie as Prior General
2006: Death of Br Marie-Dominique Philippe
2010: Election of Br Thomas as Prior General
2019: Election of Br François-Xavier as Prior General
Delve a little deeper
How are the different religious communities in the Family of Saint John linked?
Even though all three religious communities are united in one family – the Family of Saint John – each community has its own government, history and way of life. In particular they are distinct both juridically and financially.
The Contemplative Sisters today
The 80 sisters that currently make up the community of the Contemplative Sisters of Saint John have made the choice to cooperate with the Church authorities and to put in place the reforms asked of them during the crisis their community went through from 2009-2014.
What is an oblate?
Oblates are laypeople who desire to live their baptismal vocation in the footsteps of Saint John and who feel called to live the same charism of the brothers and sisters in the world by committing to secular oblature.
Becoming an oblate?
Anyone married or single, young or old, who wants to live the spirituality of the Family of Saint John is able to become an oblate.