Religious Brothers’ Day
May 1 has been designated Religious Brothers’ Day. CAVA honors this event this month by featuring our members who are religious brothers.
Celebrating Religious Brothers Day | Inaugural Religious Brothers Day |
CAVA honors this event this month by featuring our members who are religious brothers.
The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) celebrated the inaugural Religious Brothers Day (RBD) on May 1, 2017, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
CMSM is an association of the leadership of men in religious and apostolic institutes in the United States. The Conference has formal ties with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the National Assembly of Religious Brothers and other national agencies.
Celebration of Religious Brothers’ Day includes prayer services and tributes to jubilarian brothers from lay and mixed communities and institutes of apostolic life, as well as other activities.
More details about the Religious Brothers Day can be accessed here. Use #religiousbrothersday on social media for related activites.
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Current CAVA members who are religious Brothers:
Br. Patrick McCabe, CFA Alexian Brothers, Immaculate Conception Province
Br. Patrick Scott, CFA, Alexian Brothers, Immaculate Conception Province
Br. James McDonald CFC, Christian Brothers of Edmund Rice
Br. Alan Parham, FSC Christian Brothers of the Midwest
Br. Duylinh Tran, SVD, Divine Word Missionaries
Br. Thom Smith, OFM, Franciscan Friars (OFM) Sacred Heart Province
Brother Alan Parham, FSC
I currently serve as tutor, resource, substitute teacher and Spanish translator at St. Joseph High School in Westchester, IL. I also work with a team in the Vocation Office of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest in Burr Ridge, IL. It can mean various things: meeting men who are interested in the Brothers, Vocation promotion activities (such as talks or tables at Vocation Fairs), attending events such as NCYC, Fe y Vida, and SEEK to promote vocations. I also keep the files in our office and process applications when a young (or older) man applies for postulancy (beginning of formation).
Lastly, I am a catechist at St. Gall Catholic Church in Chicago on Saturdays. Besides teaching high school Religion, I also help with Confirmation classes, RCIA, and youth retreats. I love my vocation. It is different from priesthood and marriage, but has infinite possibilities to share the Gospel with young people.
Two Brothers who greatly influenced me were Brother Pius Kamphefner who was always a mentor to me, even after he went to a nursing home. I talked at his wake when he died. Brother Pius Brother Vincent Malham is another person who inspired me. He received me into the Brothers and was one of my first superiors. He always supported my vocation even during challenging times. He died in 2007 in a car accident. I will always miss these two Brothers.
If you are interested in reaching out to young people and sharing the support of other Brothers in community life and prayer, the Brothers may be a good option for you. We do not marry nor become priests, but we serve young people through Catholic education, which is our passion. Founded by St. John Baptist De La Salle in 1680, we are still around and literally all over the world.
Br. James McDonald CFC Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Vocation Promoter
One of my inspirations is Brother Thomas Collins CFC. In my mind, he is a living example of what Brotherhood is all about. I would hope that young adults considering a vocation as a Brother would take the time to walk in the shoes of a Brother to be inspired by his example.
Again I would like young adults to get to know me for who I am and by my actions i.e. what I do and not what I say I do.