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 can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?