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. He now serves as parochial vicar for the parish. 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., 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.
We are seen as a spiritual anchor for the Catholic Charismatic renewal in the San Antonio Archdiocese. Fr. Bob Hogan is associate liaison for the renewal. He works at the Catholic Center for Charismatic Renewal and was elected as chair of the National Service Committee. With his long experience in the Renewal and his doctoral studies on its history, he is in frequent demand as a speaker at conferences nationally, as is Father George Montague, known for his books on Scripture and the Holy Spirit.
If you are a single Catholic man between the ages of 18 and 40, committed to prayer and evangelization, open to the Holy Spirit, a self-starter and not afraid to "live on the edge" for Jesus and the Gospel, contact Fr. George Montague.
For Information Contact
Fr. George Montague, S.M.
Brothers of the Beloved Disciple
San Antonio, Texas 78201-3500
Phone (210) 734-6727
Fax (210) 431-6884