Prayer, Community Living, Ministry
Formation as an Alexian Brother

The Contact Stage

When you sense that God may be calling you to be an Alexian Brother, you begin your contact with the Vocation Director, who will help you discern your response to God's call.


Formation Programme

Spiritual formation is of primary importance in the training of new members. Christian Discipleship and spiritual formation, go hand in hand. Formation is the process where each Brother, becomes more and more a disciple of Christ. The period of basic formation, prior to final vows, is specified by the Church, as an eight year period. It is divided into stages.



Extends over a period of six months, but can be preceded by a six month period of come and see. During this time, men joining us, learn to live the common and spiritual life of the community. It is a time for him and the community to discern the genuineness of his call.



The novitiate last for two years. The purpose of the novitiate is to instruct the novice in the essential requirements of the religious life. In the novitiate, the Novice begins to live the religious life and prepares himself for temporary vows. Under the guidance of the director of formation, the Novice learns to be alert and generous to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.


Temporary Consecration

At the end of the Novitiate, the Novice publicly commits himself to God as an Alexian Brother, through temporary vows. Temporary vows are renewed annually. The minimum period of temporary vows, is three years, and no more then six, except under exceptional circumstances.

Continuing Formation

Growth in the life of Faith is a lifetime journey. As Alexian Brothers, we are called to continue our spiritual formation. We are not called and consecrated once. The journey of growing into Christ, continues throughout life.



Daily Readings

  • Daily Readings for Monday, May 29, 2023
    Reading 1: Ecclesiasticus / Sirach 17:19-27, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 32:1-2, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 32:5-7, Gospel: Mark 10:17-27
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, May 28, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 2:1-11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:29-31, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:1, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:34, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:24, Gospel: John 20:19-23, Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
  • Daily Readings for Saturday, May 27, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 28:16-20, Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 28:30-31, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 11:7, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 11:4-5, Gospel: John 21:20-25
  • Daily Readings for Friday, May 26, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 25:13-21, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:19-20, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:1-2, Gospel: John 21:15-19
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, May 25, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 22:30, Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 23:6-11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:7-11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:1-2, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:5, Gospel: John 17:20-26