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COURTESY OF THE MARIANIST PROVINCE OF THE U.S.
Brian Halderman, S.M.
and family who
the celebration of his
final vows in
My journey to being
a Brother of Mary
The call to be a religious brother means to surrender fully to the will
of God and the service of others.
REMEMBER i T as if it were yester-
day: Move-in day for freshmen at
the University of dayton. it was a
day full of anticipation and nervous ex-
citement for all that was to be of my col-
lege career. There was something unique
Brother Brian Halderman, S.M.
has been a member of the
Society of Mary for eight years
and currently serves as the
university minister for social
justice and adjunct faculty
member in sociology at St.
Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
about the university that drew me there,
a family spirit that was like none other
i had experienced in previous educational settings. i knew this would be a
place that would enrich my soul and my
mind with new ideas and insights into
my faith and the world in which i would
As i entered stuart Hall with a bag of
clothes in tow, i was greeted by a warm
smile and an outstretched hand: “
Welcome to U.d. i’m Brother Tom. Where’re
you from?” We exchanged greetings and
i explained i was from Kentucky, and