How did you meet your
I encountered the De La Salle Christian
Brothers during high school. It was
their ability to relate to young people,
their dedication to providing a human
and Christian education to the young,
especially the poor, and their genuine
community life that really began to
tug at my heart.
Best ministry experience
The classroom is always a sacred
space for the brothers. In addition to
the incredible joy I have found in the
classroom, I found great meaning in my
role as dean of students. As a brother I
would walk with students and families
during very good moments but also in
very challenging times.
Favorite way to pray?
Community prayer is very important to
me, and so I think the time in personal
meditation before communal prayer—
combined with our time praying
together—are both very special.
What would people be
surprised to learn about you?
I am actually a pretty shy individual.
Most exciting experiences
as a religious?
The most exciting experiences in my
life as a religious involve the students
who have been part of the journey.
Whether it was taking 18 high-school
students to Madrid for World Youth
Day or taking students on retreats
and immersion experiences, it has
been exciting to be a part of their lives
during significant moments.
What gives you hope
about religious life?
I find great hope in the young people
who continue to explore the possibility
of religious life. Their dreams, their
hopes, their desire to make our world a
better place . . . that all gives me hope!
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BROTHER JAMES JOOST, F. S.C.
A teacher at heart
BROTHER CHRIS PATIÑO, F.S.C.
Not everyone in religious life comes from a family that is full-throttle Catholic, but Brother Chris Patiño, F.S.C. does. He considers himself blessed to have parents who met through young
adult ministry and who made Catholic education a priority for
him and his sisters. From his Catholic immigrant roots, to his
love for teaching, it was a natural path for Patiño to join the De
La Salle Christian Brothers, an order dedicated to education.