BRO: Men with Hope to Bring


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About the Film

BRO: Men with Hope to Bring

This feature-length documentary is an intimate exploration on the lives of a group of men in the Catholic Church called “Religious Brothers” who profess and live the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

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The BROs are “consecrated men” from all over the world who work as teachers, Administrators, lawyers, social workers, doctors, custodians, and many other ministries, as they live in community and in service of others. With faith as practiced in prayer, unity in community, and their mission-centered ministries, these men silently bring hope to others in the service of God and others. The BRO filmmakers traveled around the world to document individual stories from these men, showing the challenges they face and their impetuses in the countercultural lifestyle that they chose to live.

These Brothers have been considered as a minority or as second class citizens throughout the history of the Catholic Church. With their diminishing numbers due to their aging communities, and the lack of vocations, they are somewhat of a dying breed. Utilizing the research from the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) and (CARA) the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, BRO focuses on brothers in the U.S. where Brothers are diminishing in numbers, and in Ghana, Brazil, Bangladesh and India where the brothers are thriving.

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Some would say that they are the “best-kept secret of the Church,” but what does it really mean to be a Catholic Religious Brother? How are they distinct from the Catholic priests? Why did they decide to become a BROTHER, and why do they continue to be one despite their diminishing numbers? What empowers them as they live their vows in a secular world? BRO addresses these questions as it uncovers why they are the men with hope to bring.

BRO is for all audiences. It caters to people who are searching for meaning, and to all who can understand the language of human condition and hope.

Meet the BROs, Find Hope.


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SCORE Ambient Sky, Karam Salem, Matt Slomski
MUSIC The Rocketboys, Khiry Hollowell


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Jonathan Beebe

Adam DeBeck

Ryan P. Glenn

Sarah Cotton

Anne Berges Pillai

John R. Paige

Perry Forstall

Brothers of Holy Cross –
Midwest Province

Adrian Jackson

Faythe Aiken

Jesus Antonio Alonso

Karen duPlantier

Jack Berges

Steve Mollison

Holy Cross New Orleans

Religious Brothers Conference

Vincent A. Kuna, CSC

Scott Howland

Isaiah & Lea Ulmer

Timothy Connor Dailey

Barbara O’Connor

Teri Hobbs

St. Joseph Abbey

National Religious Vocation Conference

Sharon Edmonds

Daniel Ponisciak csc

Sherry Gormley Crane

Joseph Luedecke

Kevin X Kyle

Robert B. Williams

New Melleray Abbey

Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC


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