hy do you want to be a brother? What is a brother? When will you be
ordained? Many people have asked me these questions, especially
around the time of my final vows. I usually welcome them with a
smile as an opportunity to share about myself and my calling. The vocation of a
brother remains a mystery to many, and it really shouldn’t be. A religious broth-
er’s vocation is part of the fabric of the church—meant to be interwoven with all
I was achieving my professional dreams, but I always
had the sense that something was missing in my life. A
sense of yearning and searching would overtake me, and I
couldn’t pinpoint what it was.
Brotherhood is right for me
BY BROTHER ALLEN A. PACQUING, S.M.
Brother AllenA. Pacquing,S.M. belongs tothe Society ofMary (Marianists). He is theassociate director of MarianistStudent Initiatives, Office ofCommunity Engagement forSt. Mary’s University in SanAntonio, Texas.