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Community of St. John

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The Brothers
Established
The Novitiate
Discernment and Formation
Purification
Intimacy With Christ
The Process
Holy Orders
A Typical Day at the Novitiate House

Among the final professed Brothers, some are called to receive the Holy Orders of diaconate and/or priesthood. They are called by the Bishop of Autun (France), upon the Prior General’s recommendation, that is once the Prior General has consulted an ad hoc counsel and received the agreement of his own Counsel. The Brothers' studies for preparation to the diaconate and/or priesthood include the course requirements (Ratio studiorum) adopted by the French Bishops Conference.

The Brothers formation does not always lead to the priesthood. Nevertheless, the apostolic purpose of the Community of Saint John accounts for the fact that numerous brothers are called to the priesthood. Currently, 2009, we number 233 priests out of 546 brothers. Some receive the permanent deaconate, while others remain brothers. It all depends on the Lord's call, particular to each person.