A priest is ordained to Holy Orders by a bishop. As a member of the Church clergy, a priest shares in the teaching role of the Church as he is called to teach the doctrine of the Church and preach the Word of God. He administers the sacraments of the Church in the person of Christ. He is called to be Christ to his people.

A brother is a member of a religious community who professes the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and is dedicated to serving the Church as Christ, our Brother. He is a witness to loving others by being a fraternal, side-by-side presence to others through his professional work in his community’s mission or apostolate. Brothers are counterpart as men religious to women religious who serve the Church as Sisters. Religious brothers and sisters profess the evangelical counsels (vows) and live in a community, under a rule of life according to a specific spirituality.