Year of the Brother
On October 17, 2010, the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrated the canonization of Brother André Bessette, C.S.C., by Pope Benedict XVI. Commencing on the first anniversary of St. André’s canonization, Holy Cross invites all people to celebrate both the Congregation’s first saint and the Year of the Brother.
Mandated by the 2010 Holy Cross General Chapter, the Year of the Brother honors the brother’s vocation and the important ministry of service and compassion to the Church and the world by the brothers. It is also recognition of the important work still to be done, an invitation to others to consider offering their lives in service as a brother and an opportunity for the faithful to pray for vocations to Holy Cross.
In their religious consecration, brothers give their lives over to the Lord in service to all of God’s people. During the Year of the Brother, let us give thanks for their service, compassion, and prayer.
Prayer for the Year of the Brother
Gracious God, You call men to dedicate their lives as consecrated religious in your Church.
In their poverty, chastity, and obedience they follow in the footsteps of your Son, Jesus.
Some are teachers or administrators, others defend the rights of the poor,
but all are Educators in the Faith. We call them “brothers.”
They live in close fraternity with one another and take their place side by side with the people they serve.
In this “Year of the Brother,” fill the hearts of young men with a desire to serve You as religious brothers.
Give them the courage and zeal to make You known, loved, and served.
We make this prayer through the intercession of St. Brother André,
Friend of the Suffering and Apostle of St. Joseph.