On July 20-23, the 47th Assembly of Religious Brothers was held at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland. 57 Brothers from various religious communities as well as guests attended the event. Our assembly began on Friday the 20th with the introduction of all the participants followed by a social.
On Saturday the 21st, after a great breakfast, we had morning prayer and a presentation by Brother John Mark Falkenhain, OSB “The Hard Work of Zeal” where he invited us to have apostolic zeal in our ministries. After lunch, it was the traditional trip to get to know the area where the assembly takes place. This time, it was Washington, D.C.
After breakfast on Sunday we had morning prayer and then the second part of Brother John Mark’s presentation. In the afternoon, we celebrated the Eucharist presided by Rev. John Pavlik, OFM Cap., Director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. After Mass, we had the gala dinner where several Brothers were recognized for their service. On Monday the 23rd, we had the opportunity to share with those present some issues of the organization and future activities. We thank God for this experience.
“The religious Brothers find their natural habitat in this context of communion for their belonging to the People of God and also united to all those who, from religious consecration, reflect the essence of the Church, the mystery of communion. (Identity Document and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church # 6)