By T. O'Donoghue
O'Donoghue's ebook, that's written as a conventional old narrative, whereas additionally using a comparative process, is worried with the lifetime of Catholic non secular instructing brothers around the English-speaking international, specially for the interval 1891 to 1965, which used to be the heyday of the spiritual orders.
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Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, at Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland, in 1808. From here, schools were established in various parts of the country, and in Sydney and Madras. In 1893, the order became directly responsible to Rome rather than to local Catholic bishops. Today, Patrician Brothers are to be found in Ireland, the United States, India, Australia, Kenya, and Papua New Guinea. While their work is still primarily in teaching, some also work as chaplains in schools and other institutions, and as social workers and spiritual advisers in parishes.
The order was named after St. Francis Xavier (1505–1562), the renowned missionary to the Far East and patron saint of the foreign missions. Initially, a school was opened in Bruges and a branch house was opened in Bury, Lancashire, England. Then, in 1854, brothers were sent to establish schools in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the invitation of the local bishop. Eventually, they spread to various areas in the United States, England and Belgium, conducting primary and secondary schools.
If the latter, who are those few and why are they selected? What are the signs of “true” religious virtuosi, and how can these persons be distinguished from fakers and hypocrites? 8 The remainder of this section of the chapter details in a general way how Catholicism responded, particularly throughout most of the period under consideration in this book, to such questions, by constructing the life of priests, brothers, and nuns as occupying a higher level spiritually than that of lay people. In considering the exposition, it should be kept in mind that such a construction also served the church well by legitimating its efforts aimed at recruiting new members to ensure not only the continuance of religious orders, but also their enlargement.