RECENTLY I LEARNED of the death of my favorite high-school teacher, Brother
Mark McVann, F.S.C., a De La Salle Christian
Brother. Though his death was unrelated to
the COVID- 19 pandemic, it came during a
time of great loss and seemed all the more
tragic and heartbreaking. As I read tributes
to him posted on social media, I realized that
not only did he touch the lives of hundreds of
students at my school but many hundreds more in other schools
following his explosion onto the scene in my sleepy suburb as a
newly minted brother.
None of us had ever met anyone like him—this dynamicforce, who swept the halls in his flowing habit and distinctivestarched collar. He was off-the-charts creative, dramatic, andpassionate with a biting humor, gorgeous voice, and giant brain.He refused to let any of us be mediocre. He practically willed usto push, stretch, and strain to do better. To be better. To see ourlives in a new light.
That is what people who truly care—who truly love you do.They make the effort to help you see your worth and potential.They take the risk to admonish and cajole. Or in Brother Mark’scase to scream, “This. Is. Wretched!” following a lackluster rehearsal from a musical cast he knew could sparkle.
We all need such world-shaking illuminators in our lives,starting with Jesus, the Light of the World, who shows us theway to our true selves. As you embark on your vocation journey,take a moment to read the stories in the pages of VISION 2021of men and women who have gone before you. Who know whatit is like to change course and refocus. Who breakbarriers and cross borders for the sake of the gospel. Who choose to see their lives in a new light—assisters and brothers to all.
—Patrice J. Tuohy, VISION Publisher
In memory of a great illuminator
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