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Sign & Symbols


There is a wide range of clothing styles and religious habits for Brothers today. In some communities Brothers have a distinctive habit such as the brown habit of the Franciscan friars or the white habit of the Dominicans. Many communities have habits that closely resemble clerical attire and are black sometimes with a unique collar. In other communities the Brothers dress in clothing that is more appropriate to their ministry or work. This can be anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a business suit.


Some communities have a specific symbol that may be worn in order to identify a man as a member of the community. The Holy Cross Brothers are often seen wearing their pendant.

Some Brothers also wear a ring to symbolize their vow of celibacy.