I was never drawn to the priesthood and so never considered a church vocation until I learned about Brothers. These were men dedicated to young people and Catholic education, and once I got to know them and their lifestyle, I felt I had found my calling. Each local community of Brothers has its own interior life of friendship with one another and the Lord, but often it's a life intertwined with a school community. Ministry to young people is sometimes exhausting, more often energizing, and always a challenge to greater creativity, deeper compassion, and a closer relationship with Christ. Sharing that ministry with my Brothers makes my life all the richer.

Br. Ray Hetu, SC
St. Columba's College, St. Albans, England
Syracuse Ministry

Syracuse Ministry Begins Work With Refugees

The Brothers in Syracuse, NY are now working with Catholic Charities in their Resettlement Program. Many refugees come to Syracuse because it is an area well known for its hospitality for those fleeing troubles and seeking a new life. Catholic Charities helps refugees find homes, furnishings, and jobs. Case workers act as advocates as these needy people navigate through the American systems. Catholic Charities also offers programs for youth to socialize and learn the American Culture.

The Brothers are working to help the youth and some adults with their English. Most of the refugees are from Myanmar (formerly Burma). Actually, they are of a culture called Karen, which has its own
language and customs. It is a minority culture in Myanmar that has been persecuted. Most refugees escape to Thailand and may live there for months or years before seeking passage to the United States.

The Brothers are finding the work challenging but rewarding. Most of the students have been acquainted with the English alphabet, numbers, and some phrases. They are well motivated, eager to comprehend English as best they can. They know that to succeed here they must strive to adapt to their new home.

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