Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Glenmary Oath Prayer

The following prayer can be offered for those men who are preparing to profess their Oath with Glenmary Home Missioners. Glenmary has two seminarians who will renew their Oath in May and three novices who will profess their First Oath in June.

Glenmary Prayer for Those Preparing for Oath

Adapted from the Glenmary oath ceremony

God, our Father, source of all goodness and love, you have called Charles, Richard, Jose Carlos, Samuel & Kenneth to follow you as a Glenmary Missioners. They are resolved to dedicate themselves to you by making a profession to the evangelical councils in the presence of your Church. Look upon these servants of yours who wish to confirm their offering of themselves to you.

Mercifully grant that the grace of Baptism, which they wish to strengthen with new bonds, may work its full effect in them, so that they may offer you praise and spread Christ’s Kingdom with apostolic zeal. Grant that their manner of life may bring glory to your name and further your loving plan of redemption.

As the years pass by, help them to enter more deeply into the mystery of the Church and to dedicate themselves more generously to the good of all people. Fill the hearts of our brothers with the virtues necessary to persevere faithfully in the apostolate and in our way of life to the end of their journey of faith, which they have begun with such joy.

Through the intercession of Blessed Mary, your handmaid, pour forth your blessings in abundance on these servants of yours, so that by your continued help they may fulfill the oath your love has inspired them to profess.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Time in the Mountains

Glenmary Come & See retreats or sometimes called "Mission Trips" are a great opportunity to get to see the missions and visit with Glenmary Missioners.  This past weekend the participants received an extra bonus of seeing the mountains starting to show their spring colors. This photo was taken at the Clinch Mountain overlook in Grainger County, Tennnessee.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mexico vocation trip

I am currently traveling in Mexico to visit with Vocation prospects. Please pray for these young men who are discerning their call, some as priest candidates and others as brother candidates. These are very fine young men and need our prayers to help them to remain open to the Holy Spirit guiding them in their life. We hope that guidance will some day lead them to be Glenmary missioners.
I plan to be back in the USA at the end of next week and will provide some updates to the blog at that time.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Religious Brothers Day

The Religious Brothers Conference announced the first-ever Religious Brothers Day to be celebrated on May 1, 2017, the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. The Brothers Day will be an annual celebration. Please join with me in praying for Brothers, living and deceased and for future vocations. The prayer was written by the Brothers Think Tank.

Monday, March 27, 2017

102nd Anniversary

Today is the 102nd anniversary of the ordination of Glenmary's founder, Rev. William Howard Bishop.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Brothers Symposium

Glenmary Brothers, Br. Jack Henn, Br Levis Kuwa, Br. Jason Muhlenkamp and I attended the National Symposium on the Life of the Religious Brother, at the University of Notre Dame on March 25, 2017. The program, was based on the Vatican document on the "Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in Church."

The keynote address for the Symposium was delivered by Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, who is a professor of psychology at St. Meinrad's Seminary. He highlighted how being "just a brother" is how we are called to be an uncomplicated witness to Christ. He illustrated the values in the Evangelical Counsel to our brother call and reminded us that the brothers vocation is a "singular vocation dedicated to solely the charism of our community... Brothers are special conductors of the community's charism."

In addition, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, shared an afternoon reflection and was the homilist and main celebrant at the closing liturgy. Cardinal Tobin reminded us that we need to "Continue to live our vocation in a perceptible way, and others will come."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New on the Glenmary Website

Three new articles on the Glenmary website:
Both Brother Terry O'Rourke and Brother Bob Hoffman had a passion for Glenmary and dedicated their lives to serving the missions.  So I wrote and uploaded a short reflection on their passing.

Glenmary brother helps feed hungry students
Brother Virgil Siefker part of team solving food insecurity in the missions in North Carolina.

Seek & You Shall Find: A Convert's Faith Journey
As Forrest Wylie knows, sometimes it takes a while to find the perfect fit. Glenmary's Br. Craig has helped him along the way.