This past week saw our third annual Familiares retreat. The Familiares are young men who, being too young to formally enter the monastery, and wishing to further explore the religious vocation, join themselves to the Sons of the Most Redeemer as Familiars, in the spirit of the Minor Seminaries and Juvinates of old.
Those who wish to become Familiars join themselves to our religious family in a formal manner. They are clothed in the habit of the Congregation, and are permitted to wear it on certain occasions, to enter into the enclosure of the monastery and join us for an experience of religious life.
One such occasion is the annual Familiares retreat.