The following is the text of a letter CMSM received from the U.S. Apostolic Nunciature carrying greetings from Pope Francis in anticipation of Religious Brothers Day on May 1, 2017. A downloadable version of the letter is also available.
Dear Father Pavlik,
I have been asked to forward to you the following message from the Secretariat of State as the Church in the United States prepares to celebrate “Religious Brothers Day”:
As the Church in the United States prepares to celebrate the first annual “Religious Brothers Day,” His Holiness Pope Francis sends cordial greetings to America’s communities of brothers, together with his prayerful good wishes for the spiritual fruitfulness of their varied apostolates. 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. He likewise expresses his hope that their prophetic testimony to evangelical fraternity and ecclesial communion will act as a leaven for the renewal of the Church in America and the building up of an ever more just society, respectful of the dignity and aspirations of all God’s children. Commending America’s religious brothers to the paternal intercession of Saint Joseph the Worker, His Holiness affectionately imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of abiding joy and peace in the Lord.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State
With cordial regards and assuring you of my prayers, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Despite rainy weather and dramatic traffic challenges at the eleventh hour, the Brothers Symposium held on March 25, 2017 was a very special day for all who participated.
Over 225 individuals attended the Symposium and interacted with speakers, facilitators, panel members, breakout session leaders, and scribes who represented over 750 years as vowed religious in over 15 different communities/institutes. Thank you to all — your commitment to religious brothers inspires us all!
Please stay tuned to this website where we plan to publish the text of the Keynote Address given by Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, as well as links to the videotape of his talk, the reflections of the two responders (Br. Ton Sison, C.PP.S., and Br. Peter O’Loughlin, CFC), and the opening/closing remarks by Fr. John Pavlik, OFM Cap., and Cardinal Joe Tobin, C.Ss.R.
As additional photos of the event are received, they will be posted on that website as well. Please send yours to the Symposium Project Manager — Martha Novelly. Some photos and a video from the events are also posted below.
CMSM National Board members Br. Dan Wisniewski, OSFS, and Br. Larry Schatz, FSC, enjoy lunch with Sister Ginger Downey, OLVM.
Br. Chris Patiño, FSC, facilitates "Gift Given - Mission" breakout session.
Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, delivers Keynote Address.
Br. Wayne Fitzpatrick, MM gives last-minute instructions to the breakout session facilitators and their assigned scribes.
Br. John Paige, CSC, leads our Morning Prayer.
Cardinal Joe Tobin, C.Ss.R., serves as celebrant and homilist for closing liturgy at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
Br. Paul Michalenko, ST, facilitates the afternoon panel discussion.
Videos of the major talks and Mass celebrated at the Symposium are now available. Below is the Keynote address by Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB is below along with a link to the CMSM YouTube channel to view other videos from the event.
For more videos, visit the CMSM YouTube channel.
CMSM was one of fifteen Catholic organizations and religious institutes to endorse the petition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thousands of Catholics have asked President Donald Trump to honor the Paris climate agreement, continue U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund, and implement the Clean Power Plan governing power plant emissions.
Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, said 15,000 Catholics signed an online petition that was submitted to the president March 15. It was developed as one response to Trump administration claims that climate change is not caused by human activities.
“They are issues that our organization, the Catholic bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and other organizations have supported for years,” Misleh said of the three areas addressed in the petition. “We think there is a federal role for action on the climate issue.
We are sad to inform members and friends of CMSM that the father of our President, Brian Terry, SA, passed away on November 27. The funeral Mass celebrating his entrance to eternal life was celebrated on December 3 in Virginia. In their hour of grief we join with Brian and his family in extending our prayerful , fraternal sympathy.
We at CMSM extend our thoughts and prayers to the Benedictine community in Norcia, Italy, as well as to the Benedictines throughout the world and in our nation as they begin to recover from the devastating loss suffered in the October 30, 2016 magnitude 6.6 earthquake which leveled their historic basilica and monastery built above the birthplace of St. Benedict. We will be attentive to the news as it develops and follow up as we are able. We invite all of our members and all people to remember the Benedictine community in prayer.
Fr. John Pavlik, OFM Cap., Executive Director of CMSM, and Martha Novelly, Associate for Special Projects, participated in the Saint Luke Institute Annual Benefit. This annual gala evening brings together friends and supporters dedicated to Saint Luke Institute’s mission: supporting healthy life and ministry for Catholic clergy and religious through psychological and spiritual care and education. This year’s benefit honored Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington. Pictured in the image below from left to right are Fr. David Songy, OFM Cap., President of St. Luke’s Institute, Cardinal Wuerl, Fr. Pavlik, Ms. Novelly, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The event was held at the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See (Vatican Embassy) in Washington, D.C. For more information on the event and additional photos, visit the Saint Luke’s Institute website.