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May 1 Marks First Religious Brothers Day

May 1, 2017 — Today, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, the Catholic Church is also celebrating the first-ever Religious Brothers Day.

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.

In 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 U.S., click here.





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May 18, 2017 — Canadian Jesuit Father Irénée Beaubien, involved in the ecumenical movement, died this week at 101.

April 20, 2017 – More than 30 people, comprised of Indigenous, Jesuit, English and French Canadian paddlers, will embark on a month-long, 850-kilometre canoe trip July 21 in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

May 11, 2017 — Fr. William Blazek, SJ, has been named national director of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, succeeding Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, who served for 14 years.

May 10, 2017 — Irish Jesuit Father John Sullivan, remembered for his healing prayers, will be beatified on May 13 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dublin.

May 8, 2017 – Ontario’s Jesuits are using retreats as a way to help homeless people build a caring community of support among themselves.

May 7, 2017 — Contrary to popular belief, going on retreat does not require a change of scenery, but rather a change in thinking.

May 3, 2017 — Pope Francis gave a surprise recorded TED Talk presented on April 25 at the TED2017 conference, the first time a pope has ever given a TED Talk.

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