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Religious Brothers Day
May 1, 2019
On this day, the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, the Church in the United States observes the third annual Religious Brothers Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate and offer gratitude for the gift of Religious Brotherhood. All are invited “to shed light on the identity of the Religious Brother and the value and necessity of this vocation” as called for in the Vatican document, “Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church.”
Being Brother is a unique and distinct vocation in the Church and world today. Brothers belong to religious communities of men who are committed to live and work together for the educational service of the young and for service to those on the margins. Brothers respond to God’s call giving themselves completely to Jesus Christ, through the specific charism, mission and responsibilities the Church has entrusted to them in the Religious Congregation they are attracted to and called to join.
There are at the present time 88 Congregations or Institutes of Brothers in the United States, eight of them are represented in the Diocese of Fall River.
Just as it was during previous centuries, the Brothers continue to dedicate their entire lives to God in the ministry of service to the poor, of healing the infirm, of intercession and of teaching. Brothers’ lives are marked by daily meditation, community prayer, liturgy and the life-giving support of religious community enabling them to infuse the world of today, especially the poor, the infirm and the young with the Gospel.
Congratulations and gratitude to all Religious Brothers in the Diocese of Fall River!
A Prayer for Religious Brothers Day
God of mercy and compassion, thank you for the extraordinary life, witness, and ministry of Religious Brothers in our Church.
In your wisdom, you have called these ordinary men to generously serve, pray, and share your healing love with others.
As we prepare for our annual Religious Brothers Day, deepen our appreciation for the vocation of Religious Brothers, their congregational charisms, and their commitment to vowed community life.
Strengthened by our baptismal call to holiness, inspire us to invite men to consider religious life as a Religious Brother.
Grant all Religious Brothers the grace and perseverance they need to proclaim your Holy Word for the life of our Church and our world. Amen.