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 Carlo A. Farina, SJ, long time English teacher at Bellarmine College Preparatory and admissions officer at Santa Clara University, entered into God’s peace May 22 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 83.
When Jose Osuna walks into a room, his impressive stature commands attention. Beneath a thick mustache, he grins warmly and offers his hand, as a sleeve of tattoos peeks out from beneath his freshly pressed suit where a small “Homeboy Industries” pin is placed neatly on the lapel.
Father Michael Schultheis, SJ, a staunch proponent of education who spent 40 years in Africa teaching and helping to open schools in several nations there, entered into God’s peace April 11 in Monrovia, Liberia. He was 84.
Father George Kalib Aziz, SJ, entered into God’s peace May 12 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 89. Fr. Aziz was a member of the Society of Jesus for 72 years and an ordained priest for 59 years.
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Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra
The Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra is an adult, youth, and family retreat center in Applegate, Placer County, California, for nonprofit groups of 20-130 (105 guests overnight; +25 additional beds in summer only).