Celebrate the ministry of religious brothers! These vowed men have been a part of the fabric of the Viatorian Community since its founding in 1831, and they continue to joyfully live out the gospel values.
According to the Vatican, religious brothers make up about one-fifth, or 20 percent of all male religious in the Catholic Church today. Turns out, that is true of the Viatorian Community — in the United States — where brothers make up approximately 23 percent of its professed members. Worldwide, it’s much higher. Brothers make up more than 50 percent of the international Viatorian Community.
In this podcast episode of Viatorians Voice: Conversations on the Way, Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, and Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, reflect on their vocations, starting with explaining how they define brotherhood.
“I get asked that question all the time,” says Br. Rob, who has been a Viatorian brother for 34 years. “We’re basically the same as a priest, but we do not perform sacramental ministry.”
Br Peter, now in his sixth year as a Viatorian brother, adds: “As a brother, there’s more approachability, because we’re doing a lot of things that other people do, but we’re focused on living out the gospel values.