May 1, 2017 — Today, on the feast of Saint Joseph the
Worker, the Catholic Church is also celebrating the first-ever Religious
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.
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.
Father Martin Irwin Rock, SJ, longtime pastor of Jesuit parishes in Ogden, Utah and elsewhere, entered into God’s peace October 9 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 89 and had been a member of the Society of Jesus for 72 years, 58 as a priest.
Father Norbert Jerome Rigali, SJ, retired professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of San Diego and other Catholic universities, entered into God’s peace October 4 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 88.
The Bellarmine Preparatory (Tacoma) School Robotics team recently received a $10,000 Best Buy Community Grant. The grant will be used to extend the team’s community outreach with local Boys and Girls Clubs.
W. Kamau Bell was named the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University for 2017-18. Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award-winning hit CNN documentary series “United Shades of America.” As Sinatra Artist-in-Residence, Bell will mentor and engage with students, faculty, and the Santa Clara University community.