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Ron Benjamin wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I am married. — Can I become a Brother?

Ron

  { I am married. — Can I become a Brother? }

Mike replied:

Hi Ron,

Thanks for the question.

I believe the rules and regulations for each religious order various on this.

  • There are solemn professed vows for single men and single women and there are also third order religious vows for other lay people.
  • Depending on the religious order, I think those that are married can become third-order religious. (I am pretty confident the Benedictines have one.)

Fr. Jonathan may want to add more to what I have said.

Mike
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Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi, Ron —

The answer is no as to a traditional brother.

Brothers are members of religious institutes who take public vows which include celibacy.

Third order members really should not use the term brother but I recognize that some of them may do this informally.

Fr. Jonathan

Ron replied:

Hi Mike,

Thank you for the reply.

I'm not sure why a Deacon can be married as it appears Deacons are higher in the Church pecking order.

Ron

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Ron —

Religious institutes do not have married deacons.

Fr. Jonathan

Ron replied:

Mike,

There are several married Deacons in the Catholic Church. My parish has one.
I am not sure Father's reply is accurate.

Ron

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Mike,

Ron needs to do more research as to what a religious institute is.
I feel like we are talking about apples and oranges.

Fr. Jonathan

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