Today, on the feast of St. Joseph the
Worker, the Catholic Church is also celebrating the first-ever Religious
The day offers an opportunity to celebrate the gift of
religious brotherhood to the church and the world; to give thanks for religious
brothers in our lives and the impact they’ve made; and to inspire and invite
young people to consider the consecrated life and a vocation as a brother.
honor of Religious Brothers Day,
Pope Francis sent a message to America’s communities of
brothers through his secretary of State, Archbishop Christophe Pierre: “Conscious
of the immense contribution made by generations of brothers to the growth of
the Church in the United States through their schools, hospitals, and other
forms of religious and social outreach, the Holy Father trusts that this day of
recognition will confirm them in their distinctive witness of consecrated life
and their generous service to God’s Kingdom.”
In the Society of Jesus, Jesuit brothers serve the
church in hundreds of apostolates. Meet a few of them in the video below. To
learn more about Jesuit brothers in Canada and the US, click here.
May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?