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5.31.2006

Bro. -- Monk or fellow Christian?

I tried to research this online but am having problems figuring out how.

When you see Bro. before a name, what do you think? The person is a pastor? He's a monk? He's a fellow believer in Christ? Something else?

5 Comments:

Blogger Meredith said...

If I see "Bro." in print, I assume it's a Catholic monk.
If I hear "Bro." preceding a man's last name, I assume I am in a church somewhere in the South!

10:40 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

To answer the second question, it depends why you're writing the essay. For something academic, if the person has no formal title in the religious sense, I would use his given name alone--or use a qualifier before his first and last name that puts him in context--such as "devout Christian John Doe" or "church leader John Doe."

If you're writing the essay for another purpose, such as an organization's newsletter, then it's up to you. I might still say "brother in Christ John Doe" rather than Bro. Doe unless that abbreviation is what readers would recognize as not Catholic.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Charity Grace said...

As I commented in the Miss vs. Mrs. post below I'm in the deep South. Here Bro. usually is a substitute for Pastor. Frequently deacons are also referred to as Bro. Unless you are Pentecostal, in which case all men are Bro. and all women are Sister! :)

1:23 PM  
Blogger My Boaz's Ruth said...

I grew up Baptist in Houston.
And there Bro. was for men and Sister for the ladies.

I still use Bro. all the time. And it was just recently pointed out to me that Bro. was a monk.
I've always thought Brother was for monks, while Bro. was a title for a fellow Christian brother (although I must say for some reason, while keeping the Bro., I've dropped Sister)

I remember a chorus we used to sing.
"Here we are together again, just praising the name of the Lord.
It's been a while since we seen each other.
I'm glad to be with my sisters and brothers.
Here we are together again, just praising the name of the Lord."

2:02 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

From South Mississippi here....and we grew up calling all men in the church brother. I now attend a church where a few people do that and a few do not. I still call some of them Brother. It's mostly according to how we were introduced.

Funny thing is, in the church I grew up in, we never said "Sister". It was Bro. So and So and Mrs. So and So.

My husband teases me about the "Brother" thing...but he's a city boy from out west. Namely Tuscon and L.A.

9:32 AM  

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