The Marist Brothers of the United States Province celebrated the investiture of Br. David Freiler and Br. Miguel Garcia to the Marist Brothers Novitiate on March 25, 2023 during a prayer service held at the chapel on the campus of Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx, NY.
When reflecting on the investiture, Master of Novice’s Br. Don Bisson stated “today’s ceremony here at Mount St. Michael’s chapel has significant symbolic meaning. It says very powerfully the American experience of Marist’s of Champagnat is open for new life. This moment also reminds us that the Holy Spirit continues to call men to a life in the charism of Champagnat. The ever-powerful Voice of God continues to pursue us into a response to divine initiative.”
Br. Miguel is from San Antonio, TX. He is a new convert to the Catholic faith, which has helped him find his calling in discerning and his true vocation as a Marist Brother. He has worked in a business career for 20 years, worked with Catholic Charities as a case manager, and studied business management. He currently volunteers at Catholic Charities working with immigrants to obtain their work licenses to work in New York. Br. Miguel is studying immigration law at Villanova University to prepare him to work in the migrant community and help them with legal matters essential to attain legal status in the United States.
Br. David was born in Brewster, NY and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill. He earned a master’s in business administration degree from The University at Albany. Before discerning his call to be a Marist Brother, Br. David worked in finance for many years.