On July 15-18, the annual assembly of Religious Brothers was held in San Antonio, Texas. About 50 religious Brothers participated from different religious communities and guests. The theme was “Rebooting Our Mission: Youth in Dialogue with Brothers” Our facilitator was Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, and a local panel of young adults who shared with us. The first day, we had the introduction of the participants.
On the second day in the morning, Brother Armand presented, which facilitated discussion by attendees on the subject. In the afternoon, we had a panel of young adults and small group discussions, then we continued with our traditional trip, and this time we went to the Alamo and RiverWalk and that is how we ended our day.
On Wednesday after the morning prayer, we continued the discussion about what the youth had presented to us directed by Brother Armand and an open microphone for all the participants who wanted to express their experience. In the afternoon, we had the Eucharistic celebration with the Archbishop of San Antonio Gustavo Flores Siller and the annual banquet where we recognized brothers in their ministries. This year Brother Dan Magner, CMF, was recognized for his service to the board of directors for several years and awards of honor to Ms. Martha Novelly (rip) and Brother Ignatius Perkins, OP.
On the last day of the assembly after breakfast was the general evaluation of the assembly followed by the closing prayer, lunch and departure. Our next assembly will be held from Monday July 13th to Thursday July 16th, 2020, at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, California. We will also have on April 4, 2020, in Boston College the Religious Brothers Symposium with the theme “The Sky’s the Limit: The Prophetic Call of the Brother in the Church.” The presenter will be Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Observatory of Vatican as well as the closing celebration with Boston Archbishop Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., and of course the celebration of Religious Brother’s Day for May 1st. We continue our mission to be Ministers of Compassion and Mercy.