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Brother Parker Jordan, B.H. rejoices at his final vows ceremony.

Brotherly advice: Enjoy your vocation!

🕔15. Jul 2016

Parker Jordan wrestled a while with “vocation anxiety syndrome.” But his willingness to turn to God for direction slowly led him to brotherhood and a life of deep gladness.

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Brother Juan José Jáuregui, O.F.M.

Back in the fold, better than ever: Profile of Brother Juan José Jáuregui, O.F.M.

🕔15. Jul 2016

Many people wander from their faith for a period, and Brother Juan José Jáuregui, O.F.M. is no exception. His life today as a Franciscan Friar, after a period of distance from his childhood faith, is proof that you can not only return, but also find a richer, fuller life in the doing. He belongs to the Franciscan Friars of the Saint Barbara Province, headquartered in Oakland, California, and ministers to the sick as a nursing assistant in a healthcare facility.

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The Benedictine community processes into church

My unlikely journey to brotherhood

🕔28. Jul 2015

William Sprauer became a Catholic in his 20s. As his prayer life deepened, much to his own surprise, he found himself drawn to a monastery in rural Indiana.

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Brother Brian Poulin, F.M.S.

Called home: Profile of Brother Brian Poulin, F.M.S.

🕔23. Jul 2015

Brian Poulin fell away from the church for 13 years. He had always been interested in the same things that religious orders care about: education, international cultures, helping the poor, and after he returned to the church with renewed faith, he began wondering about religious life. Soon he experienced another kind of homecoming when he was called to the Marist Brothers’ way of life. In a surprising twist of fate—or perhaps providence—he entered the same community that had once attracted his own grandfather to its novitiate for a short period.

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Big Brother is watching you

🕔22. Jun 2008

Holy Cross Brother Roy Smith has earned a reputation as someone who is always there for kids, or as his students at Holy Trinity High School in Chicago would say, he's got their backs.

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Why did I become a brother?

🕔22. Jun 2008

Why did I choose to join the brothers? The answer is simple but profound: community. The brothers were my first experience of Christian community, an experience that triggered my search for religious life.

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Brother Mark Elder makes an art of spirituality

🕔22. Jun 2008

Vincentian Brother Mark Elder, creator of some of the most striking murals in the United States and elsewhere, uses art in his quest to help the poor and disenfranchised.

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How God tricked Duc Pham into becoming a brother

🕔22. Jun 2008

Franciscan Brother Duc Pham says he found his call through false advertising. He answered an ad looking for a teacher but the Franciscans had other plans for him. He’s glad he followed their lead.

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Why I hate Tuesdays and Thursdays

🕔22. Jun 2008

An evening class takes this brother from a highlight of his day. Here’s why waiting for dinner can mean so much.

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Brothers in the making

🕔22. Jul 2014

Having stepped out of the full-time teaching for a year of clarifying their understandings of themselves, three novice De La Salle Christian Brothers are growing into their vocation and preparing to return, deepened, to the ministry of education.

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Friar commitment: Profile of Brother Joe Ruiz, O.S.A

🕔22. Jul 2014

Brother Joe Ruiz, O.S.A will come right out and tell you: “Religious life is not easy, and the same can be said for any vocation: married, single.” But if he sees that faithfulness exacts a cost, he is equally quick to say, “I am convinced it’s worth living in the 21st century. Our world needs healing and positive role models that reflect Christ’s love without discrimination.”

Brother Joe hails from a Mexican American family of eight in Texas, where he learned the traditional folk dances of Mexico he now teaches to kids in Chicago. That’s a side ministry, though, to his main gig as campus minister to students at St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago. At the close of each busy day filled with young people, he heads home for meals and common prayers with the Augustinian friars—his brothers.

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The importance of simply being: profile of Brother Michael Chiuri, S.M.

🕔25. Jul 2013

Marianist Brother Mike Chiuri, S.M. grew up in Nairobi, Kenya in a large Catholic family. With an aunt who is a nun, an uncle who is a priest, and a grandmother who encouraged church vocations, he was no stranger to the possibility of religious life. After establishing himself as a businessperson, however, he began searching for something more.

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Why I’m still a brother

🕔23. Jul 2013

Christian vocation of any stripe requires daily renewal and recommitment. Here are reasons one brother chooses to stay where he is.

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Exactly where he should be

🕔27. Jul 2012

Everything I was looking for in life I’ve found with the friars. They helped me find what it is to be human.

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My journey to being a Brother of Mary

🕔23. Jul 2012

The call to be a religious brother means to surrender fully to the will of God and the service of others.

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Brother behind bars

🕔10. Jul 2012

I started volunteering in prison because the choir needed some help. In turn, my experience there transformed my outlook on church, freedom, and my vocation as a brother.

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I am a brother to 2,000 college students

🕔10. Jul 2012

A brother rediscovers the gift and art of community when he takes up residence with college freshmen.

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The Uncertainty Principle: my freefall into my vocation

🕔11. Jun 2012

In the movie The Matrix, Neo, the protagonist was disconcerted because his world was being shaken, but he was exhilarated for the same reason. I feel much the same way

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Lifestyles of the (spiritually) rich and not so famous

🕔06. Jun 2012

No longer defining myself by my work or skills brought me closer to who I really was—someone who wants to make my relationship with God my main focus.

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Brotherhood: making all the right connections

🕔06. Jun 2012

After two and a half years of torturing myself as a biochemistry major and having a wonderful experience working summers in a program for delinquent boys run by the brothers, becoming a brother began to make more sense to me.

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Why I love being a brother!

🕔19. Jul 2011

Religious brotherhood can be way of life that will bring you deep peace, real fulfillment, and great satisfaction in knowing that you are closely following Christ.

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Brotherhood made simple

🕔21. Jul 2010

If you are a brother, serving God by serving others is going to be the center of your life. It’s that simple.

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Being a brother is like surfing

🕔11. Jul 2009

A former beach bum explains his vocation in terms of catching the perfect wave.

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Man with a mission

🕔09. Jul 2008

Brother John Skrodinsky has always been passionate about serving those in need. When he found a religious community that cared as much as he does, he found his home.

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