The Brothers of Saint John are a Catholic Religious Congregation, founded in 1975. The brothers received from their founder, Father Marie-Dominique Philippe (a Dominican), a great love for Saint John and the Three Wisdoms as taught by Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Brothers along with the Apostolic and Contemplative Sisters, as well as the Lay Oblates, form the Family of Saint John.
Our Charism is:
- To follow Christ as Saint John followed Him.
- To form our hearts and minds at the school of the apostle Saint John.
- To offer centers for formation and communion to those who are searching for meaning in their lives, especially the youth and families.
How we live it:
- A life of silent prayer, adoration, the Eucharist and the Divine Office.
- When it comes to fraternal charity, Saint John is one of the most eloquent authors in the whole of the New Testament. In his Gospel we find Jesus’ new commandment: “Love one another; just as I have loved you” (Jn 13: 34), and his first letter is a lively exhortation to fraternal love: “Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God” (1 Jn 4 :7).
- In his contemplation of Christ, St John is a model for us; hence he is the inspiration for our prayer life. “The Brothers of Saint John seek ever deeper union with Christ both personally and in community (…) so that their hearts might be united to the intentions of the heart of Jesus.” (Rule of Life)
- The writings of St John show us just how much he thirsted to contemplate the mystery of Christ and to proclaim it. Our studies have no other goal than this : to know God, to discover His loving plan for mankind, and to proclaim it. This translates into our lives as a lifelong philosophical and theological search, through which we put our intellect at the service of faith.
- From Pentecost onward we see St John working with the other apostles to proclaim the risen Christ. His apostolic life took on many different forms, each adapted to the needs of his contemporaries: he proclaimed Jesus to the Jews and to the pagans; he drew close to the suffering churches when he wrote the Apocalypse; he exhorted the new generation of Christians to charity in his First Letter, and in his Gospel he proclaimed the salvation offered by the Lord to everyone. Our apostolic life is inspired by his example.