Religious Brothers Day and the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Every year, on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker (May 1st) the world celebrates Religious Brothers;
their calling, their dedication and their ministry. 
What does a Religious Brother do?

Brothers in the Congregation of the Resurrection go through formation: novitiate, post-secondary studies in theology and philosophy, make Perpetual Vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and participate in ongoing formation. 

Brothers serve in the ministries embraced by their religious community.  For the Congregation of the Resurrection this means our Brothers have served in education, parish ministry, hospital ministry and the missions. 

The Canadian Province of the Congregation of the Resurrection has been blessed with many Brother members over the years, and currently we embrace three Brothers within our community.
Brother John Cline.
Br. John Cline, CR

Br. John grew up in Hamilton, and met the Resurrectionists through school. He professed perpetual vows in 1969, and served first as moderator for student residents at Scollard Hall in North Bay.  Br. John went on to spend almost 30 years in hospital ministry at St. Mary’s in Kitchener, and continues to support our religious and local community with his infectious smile and positive attitude. 

Brother David Ernst.
Br. David Ernst, CR

Br. David grew up in rural Walkerton and Deemerton, and professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of the Resurrection along with Br. John in 1969. Early in his religious life he was called to join the Resurrectionist Mission in Bolivia. For 30 years Br. David ministered to the poor in rural Bolivia, and now his quiet steady presence at Resurrection Manor brings peace and reminds us to appreciate each gift God gives us.

Brother Ed Hohenadel.
Br. Ed Hohenadel, CR

Br. Ed was born and raised in Guelph, and was first introduced to religious life through the Jesuits. In 1979 he professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of the Resurrection, and soon put his mechanical, electrical and technical skills to use at Scollard Hall in North Bay. Later he would continue his work in education at St. Jerome’s Highschool. A lifelong learner himself, Br. Ed continues to serve the community at Resurrection Manor and beyond.

Religious Brothers imitate the quiet service and humble dedication of St. Joseph the Worker,
steadily serving our Lord and fulfilling the work that God has given to them. 
Thank you Risen Lord for the gift of our Religious Brothers!