Can you help this Catholic religious community win?

BCI is inviting you to help improve the chances for a great Catholic organization, the Brotherhood of Hope, to get an award of $25,000 to support their outreach to Catholic young adults on campus. The Catholic campus ministry program they run at Florida State University has seen 27 students go on to pursue vocations in the priesthood and religious life!  If you want the 10-second summary of what to do to help them, here it is:

1) “Like” this Facebook page

2) Vote for the Brotherhood of Hope

Brother Jason Zink and The Brotherhood of Hope
Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Now, here is the 3-minute version. As we mentioned in this post last December, the Brotherhood of Hope, established in 1980 and based on Somerville, MA, is a canonically recognized Catholic community of brothers and priests consecrated to Christ, dedicated to evangelization, and committed to a life together as a spiritual family. This post, “The Brotherhood of Hope,” describes their Catholic outreach to college students in Boston at Northeastern and a new effort in the Fenway area of Boston.

Their campus ministry program at Florida State University has produced 36 graduates who are now lay leaders in the Church. Additionally, 27 students have gone on to pursue vocations in priesthood and religious life. Of the three men ordained to the priesthood this past year in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, two are former FSU Catholic Student Union participants. Today, the Catholic Student Union  is the second-largest student group on the university’s 40,000-student campus, a testimony to the power of campus ministry. An average of 70 students attend daily Mass.

To support their consideration for the $25K award that supports their amazing ministry, all you have to do is “Like” a Facebook page (you must have a Facebook account) and then vote for the Brotherhood of Hope/Br. Jason Zink. Directions are below. Voting ends Friday April 13, so vote today!

1) “Like” this Facebook page

2) Vote for the Brotherhood of Hope

Brother Jason Zink and The Brotherhood of Hope
Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

(NOTE: The Brotherhood of Hope did not ask BCI to post this notice, nor are they aware we are posting).  Below is the rest of the info.  All yours from here!

Dear family and friends,

Can you please do me and the Brotherhood of Hope a HUGE but easy favor? Your help definitely will improve our chances of getting $25,000 donated to our outreach at Florida State Univ., as well as another $25,000 donated to that same mission Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

Here’s the scoop. The Extension Society is making this offer, and the missionary who gets the most e-votes is likely to get the prize given to their mission and diocese. (As of recently, my confrere, Brother Jason Zink, is a bit ahead in the race.). The Society has been impressed with and supported our Brotherhood’s mission at FSU over the years, and your vote could help us win this special award. Please click the link below (“voting on our FB page”), or follow the simple instructions below — it takes 2 minutes to do. Also kindly consider passing this email onto some of your friends, especially if they know the Brotherhood.

Thanks for your assistance!

Br. Rahl

PS I’m attaching a short-but-sweet article on the FSU outreach that the Extension Society printed in their spring 2011 magazine as part of their cover story.

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Vote Now For Your Lumen Christi Award Nominees!

Fr. Peter Zalewski and Br. Jason Zink (and The Brotherhood of Hope) from The Diocese of Pensacola have been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2012 Lumen Christi Award!Help support your nominees by voting on our Facebook page, and sharing this email with other supporters encouraging them to do the same!This year, we received more than 50 nominations for individuals and groups who have dedicated their lives to sharing the light of Christ with others. Each nominee is truly building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change in the communities they serve.

It’s easy to show your support for your own “light of Christ.” Here’s how:

  1. Simply “Like” our Facebook page to view all entries.
  2. Click on your nominee’s name to be taken to their specific voting page.
  3. Click on the blue “Vote” button to cast your vote.
  4. Share it with your friends and family on your own Facebook wall so that they vote, too!*

Extend your support even further by forwarding this email throughout your diocese and encouraging others to do the same. Good luck, and thanks for voting!

Click here to vote for your nominees!

Forward this message to a friend

*Facebook support is not the comprehensive factor in choosing the 2012 Lumen Christi Award finalists. Your vote will be one of several factors considered in determining this year’s finalists.

Catholic Extension uniquely contributes to the growth and vibrancy of the Church in the US by strategically investing in under-resourced Catholic communities to unleash the power of faith that transforms hearts and lives and society.

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