The Formation of our whole person as an offering to God. (cf. Rule of Life: Brothers of Saint John, n° 5,).


[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Brothers of the Congregation of Saint John live their time of formation as an integral element of their consecration. Our formation has a contemplative spirit, meaning that we want to receive the Virgin Mary from Jesus crucified as did Saint John. This helps us to understand that the proper grace of the Community is to live a personal call from Jesus ‘to bear witness in the midst of the world to the love of Jesus victorious over evil.’ (From the Brothers’ prayer of Consecration to the Virgin Mary).

In her prudence, the Church asks that religious formation be made in stages. This journey begins when a young man comes ‘knocking at the door’ of a priory. After this first encounter, a person may ask to continue his discernment with a visit of a few days to a week. This gives him the time to observe the life of the Community from the exterior. Then, if he feels the call to continue, the novice master can invite him to cross the threshold and to participate in the Brothers’ life: “Come and see” (Jn. 1:39).

formation[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Stages of Discernment and Formation