BRO: Men with Hope to Bring


Coming in 2014

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 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, lawyers, social workers, doctors, custodians, and etc., as they live in community and in service of others. With faith as practiced in prayer, unity in community, mission as ministry, these men silently bring hope to others in service of God and fellow human beings. The BRO filmmakers traveled around the world to document individual stories of hope from these religious brothers, showing the challenges they face and the challenges that they wish for the world to aspire.

Others may see them as priests, or some as men incognito behind the pews. Most of them live and work in the real world, and not a lot of people may know that men like this still exist. They are NOT Catholic Priests, but they have given up their lives for a mission in unique and humble ways, which are quite distinct from the clergy. But who are they? Are they like modern-day monks, working and living in community in a secular world that is full of dissonance? How does that work? Are they lawyers or teachers by day and monks by night?

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They have been seen as the minority or as second class citizens throughout the history of the Catholic Church. They are dropping in numbers due to their aging communities and the lack of vocations. With the research from the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) 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. It also explores the Brothers’ work and their impetus to serve others, answering the questions on why they would give up their lives, marriage, family and wealth to do what they do. The upbeat but profound look into their lives and how clericalism and conservatism in the church are affecting the vocation of the brotherhood will also be explored in various cultural key sequences in this film.

BRO also includes interviews from more than 100 brothers and monks around the world from different religious orders, with insights from experts and theologians, and the responses from students. With this, the filmmakers dig into the challenges of the current secular culture and how the Brothers serve as a counter-cultural reminder on how we live our lives.

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 different from the monks and the priests? What roles do they play in the world and in the church, and why should people care about them?

BRO is for all audiences, catering to people who are searching for meaning, people from any race or religion 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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