Associate Membership and the Confraternity
Associate Membership in the Confraternity of the Brotherhood of the Priory of St. Willibrord is open to Christian men of outstanding character of any denomination who are drawn to the ideals and the mission of the Order of St. Willibrord.
The prospective candidate will be a man who desires a deeper commitment to Our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus and seeks growth in the spiritual life. The candidate may petition membership by letter to the Master General. The candidate must be baptized, profess the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed and make a commitment of daily prayer and the faithful practice of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Upon acceptance, the candidate becomes an Associate Brother of the Confraternity and vested by the Master General with the Neck Badge and Mantle of the Order. Associates also have a utility uniform that may be worn in the performance of charitable works of the Order. Associate Brothers may participate in the life of the Priory, spiritual formation of the Order and live the Rule in his life according to the degree to which he is so called. There are twenty-five Associates living in the United States, Africa and Europe.
The Vocation of an Oblate Brother and Religious Life in the Order
For those Associates who may find themselves desiring the religious life, the vocation of an Oblate Brother begins in the Confraternity. Upon mutual discernment by the Order and the Associate, the Associate Brother may be invited to pursue the life of an Oblate Brother in making the Promise of Obedience. When an Associate is called to further discern the vocation of an Oblate Brother, he is invited to the first stage of his formation called Postulancy. All stages of formation commence on the Feast of St. Willibrord, November 7th. The Postulant is received by the Master General and vested with the tunic, belt and Pater Noster beads of the Order. Postulancy may be residential or non-residential, for married or celibate men, during a period of one year.
Cross of Profession
Upon successful conclusion of Postulancy, the
Postulant is called to Novitiate, which is the second stage of formation. Again,
on the Feast of St. Willibrord, the Novice comes before the Master General, and he is now
vested with the scapular of the Order. Novitiate may be residential or
non-residential and lasts two years. Upon successful conclusion of Novitiate, the Brother is eligible to make his the first (temporary) Promise of Obedience for
a period of three years, renewable. During the time between his first promise
and solemn profession, for a period of three to six years, the brother is assigned either
to studies and/or apostolate. After this period of studies and/or apostolic work, the Brother is eligible to make Solemn Profession.
Upon Solemn Profession, the brother makes the Promise of Obedience for life. When a Brother makes solemn profession, he becomes a permanent member of the Priory Chapter with the right to vote.
The Oblate brother may live in community or in his own residence, integrating his secular life with his religious life in the Order, usually in the field of education, but also in other professions and occupations. Whether the Brother is ordained or not, all Oblate Brothers are equal in their brotherhood in the Order.
The Religious Habit of the Order
Oblate Brothers wear the full Habit of the Order of St. Willibrord, which includes the black tunic with black belt, Pater Noster beads and scalpular with red pipping bearing the Professed Cross of the Order on the chest and hanging from the beads.
Associate Members in the Confraternity are vested with the Neck Badge and the Ceremonial Mantle of the Order.
"The Seven Works of Mercy" (1504) by Master of Alkmaar
Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Kingdom of the Netherlands
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