On March 25, 2017 during the feast of the Annunciation, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana hosted a symposium to explore the identity and mission of the religious brother. Over 225 people participated in the event, representing 32 different communities of men and six communities of sisters, as well as several high schools, colleges, and other diocesan and faith-based organizations reflecting on over 750 years of religious life.
Our Precious Blood community was represented by Br. Ton Sison, Br. Joe Fisher, Br. Tom Bohman, Br. Brian Boyle, Br. Juan Acuña, and Fr. Dennis Chriszt. Brother Ton was also one of the panel members who responded to the keynote speaker and answer questions from the audience during the morning session.
In the afternoon, participants gathered in breakout sessions to explore different aspect of the religious brother vocation like call and formation, praying and community, and mission and prophesy.
The day ended with a mass at the campus chapel presided by the Archbishop of Newark Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R.
There was great enthusiasm and energy during the day, sharing stories, reflecting, and praying.
As a Precious Blood Brother, I felt encouraged and proud of my religious vocation in the CPPS and I hope our community continue to be blessed with new brothers in the future.
Article and photos by Bro. Juan Acuña, C.PP.S.