One year ago today St. Andre Bessette, CSC was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI. And now the Congregation throughout the world celebrates a Year of the Brother to celebrate the gift of the Brother vocation and to honor St. Andre, an example of brotherhood and holiness to us all.
Lord God, in your loving providence you inspired Fr. Jacques Dujarie to found the Brothers of St. Joseph and called Blessed Basil Moreau, to unite the Brothers of St. Joseph and the auxiliary priests of Holy Cross in a single religious family for the education of youth and the proclamation of the Gospel.
We humbly pray that through the intercession of St. Joseph you inspire the entire People of God with a deeper appreciation for the unique vocation of the religious brother in the various ministries formed in the heart of Christ's body, the Church, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
As his children we pray that through the intercession of Blessed Basil Moreau you lead all the members of our religious family to live our vows with greater fidelity and passion as religious brothers and priests in the family of Holy Cross.
We ask that through the intercession of Saint Andre you enable us to so live his charism of hospitality that numerous young men will be inspired to join their lives to ours as religious brothers and priests so that our charism may mirror in the heart of the Church the communion of life and love that you share with your Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.