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Brotherhood of Hope

Brotherhood of Hope
Abbreviation B.H.[1]
Motto Primum Deus, Deus Solum ("God First, God Alone")
Formation 1980[2]
Type Association of the faithful in the Catholic Church
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts[3]

The Brotherhood of Hope (abbreviated B.H.[1]) is an college campus ministry. The association was founded in 1980 in Newark, New Jersey by Father Philip Merdinger, a Catholic priest.[2]


The Brotherhood of Hope currently serves Catholic campus ministries at Florida State University, Northeastern University, and Rutgers University.[4][5]

In December 2012, Father Robert W. Oliver, a member of the Brotherhood of Hope, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.[6][7] In September 2014, Oliver was promoted by Pope Francis to be the first secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.[3][8]


  1. ^ a b Oliver, Richard (2012). "Post Nominal Initials for Religious Congregations of Men in the US". Conference of Major Superiors of Men. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Donahue, Chris (10 November 2005). "Brotherly Love: Family, friends help order mark anniversary". The Catholic Spirit ( 
  3. ^ a b Harris, Elise (10 September 2014). "Boston priest named secretary of Vatican commission to protect minors".  
  4. ^ Floyd, Gregory (8 October 2010). "TV series features campus ministry, Brotherhood of Hope".  
  5. ^ Williams, Christine M. (3 June 2012). "Hope for College Students in Boston".  
  6. ^ Wangsness, Lisa (22 December 2012). "Boston priest gets new role in Vatican".  
  7. ^ Williams, Christine M. (3 January 2013). "The Vatican’s New Point Man on Sexual Abuse".  
  8. ^ Glatz, Carol (10 September 2014). "Pope appoints two U.S. priests to help tackle sexual abuse of minors".  
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