Dear Lasallians,

In 2017, the Catholic Church declared May 1st, which is the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, to be Religious Brothers Day. Members of the Church are invited to “shed light on the identity of the Religious Brother and the value and necessity of this vocation.”

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.

For our Lasallian family, it is a chance to give thanks specifically for the De La Salle Christian Brothers, as well as to inspire and invite young men to consider a vocation to the Brothers’ life.

Please join us in the prayer below on May 1st, joining our voices to the Lord in thanks for these men, and in petition for His grace in leading more young men to this calling.

I also invite each of you personally to reply to this e-mail if you would like to send a greeting, message, or prayer to a Brother who has had a particular impact on your life. I will try to make sure that all messages will be delivered to the intended Brothers. For messages to the Brothers in general, or if I cannot figure out who “Brother John from Manhattan College in the 70s” is, I will try to include these in our weekly communication to all of the Brothers of our District.

Thank you once again for caring about the Christian Brothers.

God bless you,
Patrick Donahue
Director of Advancement

# – # – # – # – # 2019-Apr-29 @ 15:31

Good Evening All,

John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, has asked for our prayers for the Christian Brothers. Thank you John for sharing this. This May 1, 2019 is Brothers of the Christian Schools Day. Our laSallian Tradition Brothers and Schools. It is a good time to remember those Brothers that so influenced our lives during our formative years. They gave us hope, they built character, they expected much of us and gave us the tools to deliver, they shared laughter with us, rebuked when necessary and warned when it was all one needed. They helped us set goals, at Manhattan College, they gave us grounding with two Simple Prayers that most of us still pray, ” Saint John Baptist DeLaSalle, Pray for us.” And ” Live Jesus In Our Hearts, Forever.” I know that I will remember a few as well as those that have been called home more recently and I continue to give thanks for those at the College that still dedicate their lives to teaching and guiding Jaspers. Thank you again, John.

Please remember the Brothers in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

# – # – # – # – # 2019-May-02 @ 20:20

Good morning Patrick:

I put Brother Robert Berger, Brother Patrick Horner, and Brother Dan Gardner in my prayers for the work they continue to do for Manhattan College.

As to your delivering as many messages as possible, I hope you wait many, many years for delivering my prayer messages to Brother E. Austin O’Malley, Brother Luke Salm, Brother Francis Bowers, Brother Kenneth Fitzgerald, and Brother Anthony Moon, each of whom holds a special place in my memory.

God bless,

Terry Gaffney ’74

# – # – # – # – # 2019-May-02 @ 20:18

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