Monday May 1, 2017
On May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, all are invited to celebrate the inaugural Religious Brothers Day. Religious Brothers Day is an opportunity to celebrate the gift of religious brotherhood to the Church and the world, to give thanks for Brothers in our own lives and the impact they have made, as well as to inspire and invite young people to consider the consecrated life and vocation of Brother.
Religious Brothers Day in an initiative of the Brothers Think Tank, an inter-congregational group of Brothers who explore topics related to religious life and brotherhood, as well as brainstorm ways to promote the Brother vocation in the Church today.
The Vatican document, “Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church,” invited the Church “to shed light of the identity of the Religious Brother and the value and necessity of this vocation.”
All are invited to share in promoting Religious Brothers Day in your local context and on social media, using the hashtag #religiousbrothersday
Some other ideas to promote the day in an educational setting:
- Offering specific prayers or a day of prayer for vocations to the consecrated life and Brothers vocation (a prayer service & prayer card are available as resources)
- Vocation fair
- Classroom presentations on consecrated life and the Brothers vocation
- Ice-cream social with religious Brothers
- Specific invitations to young people that “would make a good Brother/Sister”
- A hand-written note or email of gratitude to a Brother you know
For more resources, visit the Region’s Vocation website – BrothersVocation.org