Currently, we serve at several colleges and universities. These outreaches also influence many other college, young adult, and parish ministries in their respective communities. More information about some of our campus ministry initiatives can be found at the following websites:
Although the Brotherhood's call to witness to our charism of the All-Sufficiency of Christ is not tied to any particular mission, we have experienced God's grace equipping us to minister to the needs of college students in a special way. We rejoice in the opportunity to serve our Master (cf. Luke 17:7-10) by bringing today's young adults into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. The vibrant expression of faith that we strive to establish in our campus ministries' apostolate communities helps form today's students into the Church's leaders of tomorrow.
The Brotherhood’s mission to college students is a spiritual work of mercy. While there is certainly an integral complementarity between the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, there is nonetheless a priority of order. “The charity of Christ who ‘went about doing good’ was concerned first of all with the spiritual needs of his fellow men, their need of salvation and redemption. Christian Charity seeks the total good of the others, but it follows this same order, placing spiritual goods over corporal but forgetting neither.” (Catholic Encyclopedia, p. 639, Mcg. Hill 1965) (cf. G&I, N&P §1)
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The Brotherhood participates in and promotes outreach to men in various ways. Among other goals, our campus missions aim to foster environments conducive for young men to encounter Christ, challenge one another spiritually, and grow in manly virtue. Also, we assist in several ongoing men’s ministries, including the National Fellowship of Catholic Men, regional men’s conferences, and local men’s events.
After a weekend retreat planned and directed by the Brotherhood at the Air Force Academy, Joseph Vaeth, an AFA cadet, commented, “The Brotherhood’s retreat message fit in perfectly with the Air Force Academy’s calling to build tough men of character.”
The Brotherhood conducts numerous events that reach out to teenagers and young adults. Our primary focus involves training students from our campus missions and other youth leaders to evangelize at Catholic schools, retreats, and youth groups.
After one peer led retreat at North Cambridge Catholic H.S., Scott VanDerveer (the current campus minister at the high school) recounted the experience, “My students said, ‘Those guys are really in love with God!’ They could feel how passionately and authentically they loved God… It was a great day for our school!”
In reflecting on his time of service in Tanzania, Joe Meany (Rutgers University, 2010) said, “How destitute the conditions were, and yet how openly generous and friendly the people of Tanzania were with their strong faith! We both were able to learn from each other.”
Fr. Eric Bennett, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, commented on the Brotherhood’s influence on his discernment for the priesthood: “I know that I would not be a seminarian if I had not come to know the Brotherhood of Hope… They showed me what it means to be a Christian man… and continue to encourage me to know Jesus Christ… In the first years of seminary, their consistent witness has guided my vocation to the priesthood.”