I knew my prioritywas to belong to areligious communityfirst, one that wouldlet me dedicate myselfto the church in amission that I couldsink my teeth into.
ist brother can hold a position ofleadership and be named provincial(regional leader). To me, this was arecognition of equality, a fair, justapproach to community life. Ourreligious vocation as Marianists isour primary focus, and the way welive it, through ordained or non-ordained ministry, is second.
Everyday life as a family
I took the leap of joining the Marianists in 2012 as an aspirant, thenin 2013 as a novice or “brotherin training.” I learned that living among brothers from differentcultures and generations is fun butvery challenging and frustrating attimes. I might take a glass from thecupboard and find myself saying:
Come on friends, we all have a different understanding of how clean something is, but do you actually thinkthis glass is CLEAN!? Even throughrough situations and conflict, whenyou care for your brothers and yourlife brings you joy, there is a grace
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in community that is truly priceless.
We come together in fraternal
support, encouragement, and prayer
and say, “We are a community.” I am
truly blessed, humbled, and happy
in the life that God has called me
to—one where I have been able to
serve as a parish pastoral associate,
a campus minister, a youth minister,
and more. Whatever my ministry is,
most of all, I am simply a brother. =
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