Becoming Brother


O God, did we even now rightly begin to serve you, your loving heart would take us all to its final embrace. – Blessed Edmund Rice
“Becoming” a Brother is a never ending, life-long, faith journey.

The life decisions to become a Brother – discernment – are first and foremost spiritual. You have taken the first step; you have opened your heart to the call of the Holy Spirit.

Below is an overview of the more formal stages as you discern your call to life as a Brother. You can find more complete information by clicking this PDF.

The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Contact Program provides you with the opportunity to explore where God may be  calling you. Typically, it takes about five years before a man takes his first vows.

The Candidacy Program is the initial stage of formation in North America for the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. The purpose of Candidacy is to enable you to grow in prayer, in the knowledge of how God works in your life and in your relationship to the Church.

During the first phase of the Residency Program, you will live in the Brothers’ Initial jason ford - stained glass 2aFormation Community in Chicago, Illinois. During the second phase, you will live in one of the many Brothers’ mission communities. It is believed that by living in community with the Brothers, your experience of sharing in the community’s daily rhythm of prayer, work, meals and recreation will assist you in deepening your understanding of yourself and of religious life.

The Novitiate year is a special period of time for growth which allows an individual to powerfully experience the presence of God through: Prayer, study, spiritual development, Apostolic involvement, and ordinary life experiences.

As a Brother, during the time of Annual Profession (vows renewed  annually), you will live in community with other Brothers ministering within the Church in the name of Blessed Edmund Rice and the  Christian Brothers. Annual Profession is for a period of six to nine years.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19

Want to learn more? Just contact me:

Br. James R. McDonald, CFC
4219 Constance Street
New Orleans LA 70115-7742
phone/ text: 1.815.272.7742