Celebrate the ministry of religious brothers! These vowed men have been a part of the fabric of the Viatorian Community since its founding in 1831, and they continue to bring the good news of God’s love and mercy to all, especially those accounted of little importance.
According to the Vatican, religious brothers make up about one-fifth, or 20% of all male religious in the Catholic Church today. That is true of the Viatorian Community, in the Province of Chicago, where religious brothers make up approximately 23% of its professed members in the United States and Colombia. Worldwide, it’s much higher. Religious brothers make up more than 50% of the international Viatorian Community.
In 2017, the National Religious Vocation Conference established May 1 as Religious Brothers’ Day. Its date was intentionally set to coincide with the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Here are some of our religious brothers: