Visits from the Vocation Director
Br. Francis Eells, Vocation Director for the Christian Brothers, visits each of the province’s LaSallian high schools at least twice a year, speaking to senior students in the fall and to junior students in the spring. These visits are to highlight the vocation of the Brothers to our students and to invite the young men to consider the possibility that God is calling them to a religious vocation, particularly to the Brothers.
Entering religious life is a process that takes several years. While some religious communities still accept candidates right after high school graduation, the Brothers do not.
For the Brothers, no young man is accepted without at least two years of college completed and at least one year in our Contact Program. This is to give young men time to mature and learn more about the life of the Brothers before making the second stage of discernment called postulancy.
As a College Contact, the student attends the college of his choice and pursues the major of his choice, while participating in a variety of activities with the Brothers. These activities include regular meetings with a Contact Brother specifically assigned for these meetings, annual retreats, visiting Brother’s schools and communities when possible, attending gatherings with other Contacts, and possible summer employment at a work of the Brothers.
Many young men join the Program and find that there is a greater level of engagement than the degree of their interest and decide to withdraw from Program. For others, the Program allows for an incremental search for a vocation that can lead to an application to formally join the Brothers, or the choice of a priestly or other lay vocation. This period can last from two to four years, depending on the Contact.