May 1st, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, has been designated as Religious Consecrated Brothers Day throughout the world. The Consecrated Life Office of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, in conjunction with the SOLT Regional Priests Council, celebrated this vocation in the Church.
A concelebrated Mass took place on May 1st under the blue dome at Our Lady of Corpus Christi. Fr. Samuel Medley was the Principal Celebrant. Using the readings for the day, he reflected on the life of St. Joseph and the vocation of consecrated brothers. He referred to one of our distinguished brothers in SOLT, the late Br Richard Bunch, and how he lived out his brotherhood. At the end of the celebration of the Holy Mass, Fr. Jerry Drolshagen, SOLT Regional Priest Servant shared what a brother does.
Six Consecrated Brothers serve in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. They include Br. Michael Brady, Br. Nicholas Coombs, Br. John DeMay, Br. Peter McArdle, Br. Martin McGough, Br. Danny Tozzi.
Following Holy Mass, Sr. Gloria Rodriguez from the Office for the Consecrated Life, Diocese of Corpus Christi, offered a presentation at Café Veritas at OLCC. Sr. Gloria read a letter from the Apostolic Nuncio and presented the brothers with a card and gift in appreciation for their service.
Within the American Region, five brothers are at the SOLT House of Studies in Detroit, Michigan. They include Br. Timothy Burnham, Br. David Brokke, Br. Ryan Avery, Br. Javier Ebertowski and Br. Gene Grandy. They study at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and serve at Most Holy Redeemer parish in Detroit.
We pray for more brothers in the Church! Their witness of consecrated life offers a beautiful witness to the family of God. If you feel called to this vocation, contact Fr Mark Wendling firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.