Celebrate May 1

Religious Brothers Day

Getting Started

Get the Religious Brothers Day Guide here (English, Italian, and Spanish)

Pray: Pray for Brothers, for those in discernment, and for many others to be open to and respond to the call to this vocation, and use these resources:

Thank: Tell a brother you know how much you appreciate his vocation

Celebrate: Gather as a community to share in the joy of your vocation

Share: Spread the word about the vocation and life of Catholic brothers by word and online

Past Celebrations

Benedictines - St. John's Abbey

The Benedictine monks celebrated Mass in honor of Saint Joseph the Worker after morning prayer in the Abbey church. In the evening, they gathered for a social prepared by Bro. Isaac, remarks from Abbot John Klassen, and singing of show tunes with Father Bob on the clavinova.

Diocese of Brooklyn Celebration

April 28, 2019
11 a.m. Mass
St. Gregory the Great Church
242-20 88th Avenue, Bellerose, NY 11426

Contact: Sr. Maryann Seton Lopiccolo, SC
Office of Episcopal Delegate for Religious

Brooklyn has 80 Brothers from these communities:

  • De La Salle Christian Brothers
  • Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers
  • Marist Brothers of the Schools
  • Sacred Heart Brothers
  • Xaverian Brothers
  • Passionist Brothers
  • Redemptorist Brothers
Dominican Friars - Province of St. Joseph

Dominican Brother Ignatius Perkins, OP, wrote a beautiful reflection, “Ministers of Mercy and Compassion: The Identity and Mission of Dominican Brothers for the Third Millennium,” in preparation for Religious Brothers Day on May 1, 2019.

Franciscan Friars (OFM) - Holy Name Province

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, the friars will preach on the vocation of brother in many of the parishes served by the province, and the Province will join in morning prayer for brothers and for vocations to the religious life on May 1, Religious Brothers Day.

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Franciscan Friars Conventual - Our Lady of the Angels Province

The Province of Our Lady of the Angels has posted a list of its Friar Brothers serving in North America on its website in honor of Religious Brothers Day, along with links to reflections several Brothers offered in 2018.

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Please send pictures, reflections, and recollections of local celebrations to Brother Peter O’Loughlin, CFC, to share and help inspire others. (Please note if we have permission to post photos here and/or on Facebook.) Thank you!