Is a brother the same as a priest?
No. A brother is a non-ordained Religious. He takes vows of poverty, chastity and obedience within his Religious Congregation along with priests of the Congregation, but he does not serve as a priest. He cannot say Mass, for instance, or hear confessions, etc.
Most popular questions
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- As a priest if I decide that I no longer want to do something, such as work in a specific parish, do I have any say or is it all out of my hands?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?
- If I become a priest can I decide where I go and what I do?