Whether brother or monk, those persons whom God calls to live the vocation of consecrated religious life respond to a call of living the life of Christ. While their expression of this life may differ depending upon their gender, community, charisma, and apostolic work, in essence they have been called to give their life to Christ in service to his Church. No one job or career defines the life or work of the man or woman who discern this vocation. More aptly, the defining character is their witness of joy and holiness they gain through Christ’s love.
For the people of God, the religious brother or priest’s commitment is one sign and living proof that Christ is still among us as the One who is Brother to us all. In his life of celibacy, poverty, and obedience he challenges us to be responsible with our use of power, love, and material goods.
Often times, brothers live in community. Together they draw strength and support for their life of sacrifice and service. They are bound together by a deep desire to live as Christ, thus being a witness to the world that the Lord is present. While each community models themselves after a particular spiritual leader, charism, and service to the church, all communities seek to give a face to the person of Christ in the modern world.
Religious men serving in the Diocese of Tulsa include:
Brothers of the Christian Schools
Glenmary Home Missioners
The Order of Saint Augustine
The Order of Saint Benedict
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey