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The Rule of The Brothers of The Christian Schools states: “The Brothers indicate visibly their consecration in different ways depending on circumstances, notably by wearing the distinctive habit of the Institute.” (Art. 26). It goes further to say, “The traditional habit of the Brothers is the robe and white rabat.” (Art. 26.1).

 St. John Paul II affirmed the purpose of the habit in his apostolic exhortation, Vita Consecrata,

“Since the habit is a sign of consecration, poverty and membership in a particular Religious family, I join the Fathers of the Synod in strongly recommending to men and women religious that they wear their proper habit, suitably adapted to the conditions of time and place.”

Religious habit is received in the novitiate, to mark the beginning of a new life, separation from the secular world, and a sign of embracing life of poverty and simplicity. According to the Rule, “The beginning of the novitiate is marked by a special ceremony during which the candidate receives some symbols of his entry into the Institute, such as the Religious Habit, the Rule, or the Bible. Such a ceremony is intended to highlight the determination of the candidate to follow Jesus Christ in his life as a Brother, as well as the welcome of a new member by the fraternal community of the Institute.” (Art. 93.2)

Brother Wole Olabanjo FSC

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Scholasticate Director, Nairobi.