Becoming a Saint John of God Brother
Becoming a Brother of St. John of God begins by making contact with the Director of Vocations. If you are interested in further exploring the idea of becoming a Brother, the Vocation Director will begin an initial process of discernment with you. This enables you and the Vocation Director to decide if this is the best way of life for you. You will have the opportunity to meet with some of the Brothers. There will also be an opportunity to ‘live in” for a weekend or a few days to witness the way of life of the Brothers and to see the work that they do.
Following this initial contact if you wish to continue then you will be invited to apply to enter the Pre-Postulancy Programme. During this time you will live with a community of Brothers, sharing in the prayer life and the work of the community. You will also participate in an intercommunity programme which will involve a more intensive process of discernment. This Pre-Postulancy stage continues for six to twelve months.
This period involves a continuation of discernment and a more intensive experience of the religious life as well as learning more about the ethos and mission of the Order. The postulancy is approximately six months.
Becoming a novice means that you become a formal member of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God. This stage of formation involves a more intensive study of the charism of the Order and the vows. At the end of this period you will make temporary profession of the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and hospitality.
Following temporary profession of vows, you will continue in a more formal way your human, theological, spiritual and professional formation. You will be fullyinvolved in the life, mission and work of the Order. This period usually lasts about three years. Towards the end of the scholasticate you will commence preparation for solemn profession when you will take vows and commit yourself to the Order and to the service of those in need for life.