ABOUT US

The Brothers of the Beloved Disciple are a fairly new religious community in formation under the direction of Fathers George Montague, S.M. and Robert Hogan, B.B.D., approved by the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas and located at St. Mary’s Magdalen’s Church in San Antonio.

Why the Beloved Disciple?

From the cross Jesus gave us Mary as our Mother and then Jesus “handed over the Spirit” (John 19:25-31). Like the Beloved Disciple, we take Mary into our heart and learn from her docility to the Holy Spirit. We strive to grow daily in the virtues of Jesus and Mary and we place ourselves at her service. We want to bring others to know Jesus in a personal way through the empowering love of the Holy Spirit and Marian consecration.

Brothers and Priests

“You are all brothers,” Jesus said to his disciples (Matthew 23:8). All members, priests and brothers, are equally consecrated religious and seek to live and minister as one body united in the love of Jesus.

Eucharistic

In addition to celebrating the Eucharist daily, we adore Jesus regularly in His sacramental presence. “Could you not spend one hour with me?” Jesus asked his disciples. We say “yes” and treasure the time of adoration, which enriches our union with the Lord when we celebrate his sacrifice with the community of the Church.

Prayer and Action

In prayer we draw from the wellspring of God’s love that will nourish and sustain us in our evangelistic ministries. We pray hours of the Divine Office and the rosary daily and spend one hour in personal prayer every day.

Faithful to Church Teaching

The early Church was profoundly charismatic and under the authority of the Apostles, we too place ourselves under the authority of their successors and pledge fidelity to the Pope and the teaching authority of the Church.

Why a Community?

Only a community can adequately embody the message of Jesus and the transforming power of God’s love. Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). “By this will all people know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). Disciples who work as a team multiply their effectiveness.

Our History

For several years, Fathers George Montague and Bob Hogan, Marianist priests, in prayer believed the Holy Spirit wanted a religious community that was charismatic but inspired also by the Marian charism of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. The door opened when on August 1, 1997, with the permission of their superiors, the two priests moved in with two aspirants to a rented house on Davy Crockett Street in San Antonio and founded the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple, taking their inspiration from the moment on Calvary when Jesus gave his mother to the Beloved Disciple and then in his last breath “handed over the Spirit” (John 19:30). The next year a benefactor gave us a rent-free residence on Crossette Street. In October of 1998, in the midst of flooding rains, the mail brought the Archdiocese’s approval of our new community as the first stage of development into an institute of consecrated life.

On June 1, 2000, the Archdiocese gave into our care St. Mary Magdalen Parish, with a vacant convent on the property, which the members have occupied until now. Not having been lived in for many years, the convent needed considerable repairs, which, thanks to generous benefactors, the community was able to complete. The first member to make temporary vows was Will Combs, who in 2004, having made perpetual vows, was ordained priest by Bishop Thomas Flanagan. In 2007 Father Bob Hogan switched his membership from the Marianists to the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple. After six years as pastor of St. Mary Magdalen parish, he was succeeded by Fr. Joseph Mary Marshall, S.M., then Fr. Will Combs, the current pastor. Under our leadership the parish has grown both in numbers and in spiritual maturity. Numbering some 2,500 families, members of the parish serve in over fifty different ministries.

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