Inquiry and Discernment
Do you feel drawn to deepen your relationship with God through community?
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young people?
While you might feel some attraction to life as a Marist Brother, it is very natural to have questions and doubts as you ponder a lifestyle that is so different from what most people choose. The responsibility of our vocation directors is to help you better understand how God is calling you to share your gifts and talents. As long as life as a Marist Brother is still a possibility for you and you would like to learn more about our life, you are strongly encouraged to begin a process of inquiry with us. As an inquirer, you will be invited into a process of accompaniment according to your needs and the context of your life.
To join the Marist Brothers, you must:
- be between the ages of 18 and 40,
- desire to know and serve God,
- possess the ability to get along with others and to live with others,
- possess the willingness to develop your prayer life,
- possess enthusiasm to serve others, especially young people,
- be (or become) a practicing, baptized, and confirmed Catholic,
- possess or be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree.
Whether in the initial stages of inquiry or in a more serious process of discernment, those in accompaniment are expected to take opportunities to develop their relationship with God and come to better know the Marist community.
Depending on your individual circumstances, throughout inquiry and discernment you may be invited and encouraged to:
- be an active member of the Marist Young Adult Program.
- participate in service projects with other Marists.
- attend discernment experiences or retreats along with other young men.
- reflect prayerfully on written materials meant to help you better understand our life.
- visit Marist Brothers’ communities and ministries for “come & see” experiences.
Regardless, personal contact with a vocation director or designated accompanying brother is important in order help us get to know you.
If you move beyond inquiry into more formal discernment, you will also need to find a spiritual director outside of the Marist community if you do not already have one.
Discerners to the Marist Brothers are invited to apply for admission based on the discretion of the vocation director or designated accompanying brother, and only once they are deemed ready.