Members of male apostolic orders are called apostolic brothers, or friars, and their vocation is to be the hands of Christ among His people, carrying out acts of charity and love among the poor and marginalised in society, as well as working in schools, care homes, conferences, and wherever else the Church's Mission takes them.

Often confused with monks, apostolic brothers wear either habits or ordinary clothes, and live in small communities within society. Monks, however, always wear habits and usually live mainly within their monastery. Both types do essential work, but apostolic brothers are the face and hands of the Church in society.

There are many male apostolic orders in the UK, ranging from small local communities, to groups representing international movements. There's something for everyone, whether you're globetrotter or more comfortable on your home soil!

At the bottom of this page you will find links to some male apostolic communities in the UK.

Apostolic work can cover a very wide range of ministries, depending on the community you join. The video below gives a glimpse into the lives of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, just one of the many apostolic orders in the UK.

Rule of St


Followed by Franciscan brothers and Friars

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Rule of St



Followed by Dominican Friars



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Rule of Life


Followed by La Mennais Brothers (also known as Brothers of Christian Instruction)

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Vocation story
Br Nicholas 
(Dominican Friar)
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Vocation story
Br Martin
(Franciscan Friar)
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Vocation story
Br James
(De La Mennais brother)
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Some numbers...


5,747 Dominican Friars, belonging to Congregations in 34 countries.

29,198 members of Franciscan Orders, including 19,713 priests, in 4,512 communities worldwide.

500 Marians of the Immaculate Conception, in 19 countries, on 6 continents.

Apostolic Orders in the UK

Click on the title of an apostolic Order to go to their website.