Religious Brothers Day Testimonials!
"I have been a Marist Brother for 55 years and I can’t think of another way I would want to have spent my life. I have loved being a counselor for young men and women. My life as a brother and the work I have done have been a wonderful gift from God."
-- Bro. James Norton
"Because I am a Catholic Brother I have the freedom to follow the call of the Holy Spirit in the way of Mary. I have the responsibility of making myself available for God to use me as an instrument of His peace. This responsibility involves paying attention to God’s call and responding with a “Yes”, “I will go Lord” and it has led to an incredibly exciting and wonder-filled life's journey."
--Bro. Todd Patenaude (center, with Bro. Henry Sawicki on left, and Bro. Armand Lamagna on right)
"When I professed vows 60 years ago I never thought I would have such an exciting & blessed life working with young men & women in High School and on the College Campus. God was always around the corner with a new challenges and blessings. God is Faithful & good."
-- Bro. Michael Williams
"Because I am a Catholic Brother, I try to meet people where they are at and seek Christ in our experience of encounter with one another."
-- Bro. Brian Poulin
"Being a Brother has been an amazing adventure. I've had the opportunity to work with young people in urban schools in NY & NJ and I've received so much more than I've been given. I am grateful to God for the many blessings.
~Bro. Steve Schlitte, FMS
"When I professed vows 60 years ago as a Marist Brother, I never thought I would be serving in Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, the Philippines, and Rome - attempting, in Mary's way, to make Jesus known and loved. I am our God's spoiled child. and would definitely do it all over again." -- Bro. John McDonnell (w Bro. Francis of Papua New Guinea and Bro. Stephen of Vanuatu)
Bro. Gerald Doherty, FMS~MSM Class of '61: "All is grace."--Dorothy Day
"The first Catholic Brother I met was Br. Henry Hammer FMS who proctored my 8th grade entrance exam at Marist High School Chicago, and he has taught me how to make Jesus Christ known and loved through both word and action. I’m grateful for the brotherhood and friendship we share." -- Bro. John Kachinsky
"Every day for 40 years I keep thinking that I’m the BRO in brother. But every day it doesn’t take much living to know Jesus is the OTHER.
"Jesus gives me the grace, the privilege and the way to pray, to live, and to serve others as their brother. Humbling and life-giving." -- Bro. Pat McNamara
Each Tuesday, community members at #MaristBrothers HQ in Rome pack up meals to bring to the hungry. This week, Bro. Brian was here to get the photo. A great way to cap #ReligiousBrothersDay. #JesusKnown&Loved
OUR LATEST APPEAL
Since moving into our 3-story Marist Brothers’ retirement facility, Br. Mark has climbed up and down the building’s basement steps every week to do his own laundry. That may seem like a chore to you and I, but to Br. Mark, it’s independence!
Recently, though, the arthritis in his knees has progressed and today he relies on a walker most of the time to move around safely. That means a nurse’s aide now must do his laundry and it’s another piece of independence beyond my elderly Brother’s reach.
It turns out that the laundry room’s location in the basement prevents several elderly and disabled Brothers from doing their own laundry. The steep stairs are simply too much to handle and present a serious risk of falling.