Today, on the feast of St. 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 US, click here.
August 17, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Father Earl A. Weis, SJ, who was called to eternal life on August 15, 2018. Fr. Earl died at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 95 years old, a Jesuit for almost seventy-seven years, and a priest for sixty-four years.
August 14, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Thomas "Tom" C. Widner, SJ, who was called to eternal life on August 13, 2018. Tom died at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. He was seventy-six years old, a Jesuit for almost thirty-three years, and a priest for forty-nine years.
August 6, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Father Charles "Chuck" F. Burns, SJ, who was called to eternal life on August 2, 2018. Chuck died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was eighty-one years old, a Jesuit for almost fifty-four years, and a priest for forty-six years.