Xaverian Brothers - "In Harmony Small Things Grow"
The Brothers of St. Francis Xavier, commonly known as the Xaverian Brothers, are an international community of religious who were founded in 1839 in Bruges, Belgium, by Theodore James Ryken. Ryken intended that his Brothers would publicly dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience so as to give themselves more fully to their relationship with God, as well as to generous and loving service of God's people. Like their patron, St. Francis Xavier, Xaverian Brothers seek to be visible witnesses of the reality of God's love for the world, committed primarily to Christian education, to helping people know God and God's truth in all the ways it is present among us.
Xaverian ministries include teaching, counseling and serving as administrators, especially in Catholic secondary and elementary schools, as well as attempting to serve a variety of people, including minorities, the suffering and marginalized. The Brothers sponsor the following schools: Malden Catholic High School, Malden, MA; St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, MA; St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, MA; Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood, MA; Lowell Catholic High School, Lowell, MA; Xavier High School, Middletown, CT; St. Bernard's High School, Uncasville, CT; St. Xavier High School, Louisville, KY; Mount St. Joseph High School, Baltimore, MD; Xaverian High School, Brooklyn, NY; Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Olney, MD; St. Mary's Ryken High School, Leonardtown, MD; Nazareth Regional High School, Brooklyn, NY; Sint-Franciscus-Xaverius Instituut, Bruges, Belgium; Institute Tutazamie, Likasi, Congo.
Attempting to develop a contemplative stance to all of life for themselves and for those with whom they work, Xaverian Brothers may be found praying, serving and sharing community life in the United States, Belgium, England, Congo, Kenya, Bolivia, Haiti, Sudan and Lithuania. In all that they do, Xaverians try to be brothers of Jesus Christ by living as brothers to one another and to all of God's people. Together they yearn for the unity and peace of God's kingdom, inspired by their motto, "Concordia Res Parvae Crescunt" - "In Harmony Small Things Grow."
They can be found on the web at http://www.xaverianbrothers.org/.