Each year, the vocation and life of Religious Brothers is celebrated across the United States and beyond on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. In light of the restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, Br. Peter O’Loughlin, chairman of Religious Brothers Day, offers encouragement. Ideas for celebrating Religious Brothers Day are available online in the Religious Brothers Day Guide, now in English, Spanish, and Italian.
During these uncertain times we are being called by God and the Church to pray for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Our normal day-to-day routines have been turned upside down and many plans for the future remain uncertain.
Yet we can still be conduits of hope, trust and love. We can still connect with each other through phone calls, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and many other ways. We can still stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world.
We have something to look forward to, as well. Religious Brothers Day, which is held on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, gives each of us an opportunity to celebrate the mission and identity of the Religious Brother in the Church. The Brothers Think Tank encourages all of our communities to celebrate this day through prayer, video and social media posts that celebrate the life and vocation of brothers.
This is a great opportunity to remember the brothers who have come before us, are retired, or still working in the vineyard of the Lord – and to encourage men who are discerning a vocation to religious life as a Brother.
In addition, CMSM is organizing a Brothers Day Virtual Celebration to give us a chance to be together – maybe not in person – but in solidarity during a time of social distancing for prayer and discussion. Register here to join us on May 1, 1 p.m. Eastern.
I urge you to take some time on May 1 to join us online, “phone a Brother,” or pray in private. Even, and perhaps especially at a critical time such as this, the Church remains a vibrant source of hope and love.
Finally, as you plan for the day, please send me information on your plans, links to your videos and articles, and photos so we can share in the joy of the day together, from wherever we are. My email is .
With the hope that you stay safe and healthy, I remain your Brother in Jesus.
Brother Peter O’Loughlin, CFC
Chairman, Religious Brothers Day