Vocation Profile - Congregation of Alexian Brothers

Congregation of Alexian Brothers

Br. Patrick McCabe, C.F.A.
Vocation Director
3040 Salt Creek Lane
Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Professed members56
Year founded1200
Generalate/motherhouseSignal Mountain, TN
Province/federationImmaculate Conception

Archdiocese of Chicago; Archdiocese of Knoxville; Archdiocese of Milwaukee; Archdiocese of St. Loius
For over 800 years, the Alexian Brothers have dedicated their lives to the care of the sick, poor, dying, and marginalized people. Daily Eucharist and communal prayer support them in living their religious consecration. The community provides health care and housing services for older adults in a variety of settings. They operate acute care hospitals to respond to the particular needs of the population within the Chicagoland, St. Loius, and Chattanooga areas. They provide transitional housing for homeless people with AIDS/HIV and mental illness, and minister to the homeless, hungry, and incarcerated.
Sound physical and mental health, US citizen or legal resident, fully initiated to the Catholic faith, spiritual maturity, free of financial debts and dependents.
A 6-month postulancy, followed by 2 years of novitiate
Age range/limit
Belated vocations?
Yes: Men up to age 55 are considered as we value life experience. If previously married, Catholic annulment is required, and children must be at least 18 years of age.

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • Why did the early Church accept some strands of Greek philosophy and not Greek mythology as a whole? Both had a theological worldview, one possibly more specific than another. It was not as if philosophy was simply within the realm of reason yet as one step to faith, but Greek philosophy already had a more … Continue reading Why Philosophy and not Mythology? →

  • When I lived in Washington D.C. there was a group of nuns that accomplished everything. They were the hardest working people in the city. I once asked them how do they find the time to accomplish all of their work and still find time for other things. Their simple answer was prayer. Taking the time … Continue reading Models for Living: Prayer and Work →

  • Saint Paul in his epistle to the Hebrews writes that the Christian virtue of “Hope” is set before us as “an anchor of the soul, sure and firm.” (cf. Heb 6:19) The anchor of a ship is that substantial piece of equipment that when thrown down, grabs hold of the solid sea bed below.  The … Continue reading “The one who has Hope lives differently” says Pope Benedict XVI →