The Vow of Poverty
It’s about living simply and relying on my Brothers.
The vow of poverty is not about living in a state of poverty. It’s about making a choice as Brothers not to clutter our lives with material things. Material possessions are good in themselves, however they can stifle the freedom required to make a radical response to the Gospel and be available as disciples of Jesus.
The vow of poverty invites us to trust fully in God’s providence and to live simply, both individually and in community, sharing what we have with each other and those in need.
From our work we receive an allowance which is used to support the daily living needs of each Brother in the community, the training of our young brothers, the work of our missionary Brothers in developing countries, and the health care needs of the community. We place greater reliance on each other for mutual support than material possessions. They are there to help our life and ministry within the Church.