Contact Information: Bro.
Ronald Hingle (firstname.lastname@example.org OR 504-913-0005)?; Bro.
Michael Migacz (email@example.com OR
Goal of Program: The Brothers' Volunteer-Discernment Program
is different from other volunteer programs because it addresses two real
desires of Catholic young men, a desire to serve God’s young people through
the ministry of education, in either a traditional or non-traditional
ministries, AND a desire to discern whether God is calling them to
religious life, possibly the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Young men
who choose to participate in the Brothers’ Volunteer-Discernment Program will
find fulfilling ministry while living in a Brothers’ community, working
alongside Brothers, and engaging in a program of prayer, spiritual direction,
reflection, and readings all designed to help them hear, better understand, and
embrace God’s call in their lives.
Type of Placement / Area of Service: Volunteer-Discerners
are invited to join the Brothers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a
new community lives among and work with the poor and
at-risk young people. Brothers and volunteers live very
simply in the mid-city area and prepare young people who have fallen
through the cracks of the educational system for the HiSET (formerly GED) test. Future plans are to include the teaching of life skills and provide recreational
and athletic activities for those who have few, if
any, such options. An mission/discernment experience will also be planned at the Brothers’
home mission with the Navajo Indians in Klagetoh, AZ. A mission/discernment trip to two of the Brothers African Missions in Amatongas, Mozambique (Sacred Heart Secondary School - a boarding and day school) and to Gweru, Zambia (a boarding and day school founded for street children) may also be available.
Those young men who are interested in a more
traditional school setting can be accommodated in New York City at Msgr. McClancy High School (71-06 31st Ave., East
Elmhurst, NY), a Brothers’ school serving adolescent boys and girls in grades
9-12) and at Mercy Center (273 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn, NY). In addition to the discernment
program, volunteer-discerners would become involved in teaching, coaching, and assisting in campus ministry activities.
Age Requirements: Young men 21-40 years old
Length of Service: September 1
thru June 30
due June 1 (for September
Room and board; health insurance; small monthly stipend; some
travel expenses. Volunteer-Discerners
are responsible for most of their travel and personal expenses.
Formation / Training:
Volunteer-Discerners will participate in orientation sessions,
days of recollection, spiritual direction, and ministerial training. They will also be expected to participate in
the Brothers’ community in which they live.
The Brothers’ mission is to evangelize
young people through the ministry of education, i.e., to help them experience
the love of God, unconditionally and personally. Won’t you seriously
consider joining us in this mission by becoming a part of the “Search Your
Heart” Volunteer-Discernment Program for one year? There is no
obligation to ultimately become a permanent member of the community!
The only requirements are to enter into the discernment process with an open mind
and heart and to be willing to jump into ministry in the Lord’s vineyard with
both feet! We hope you will join us as we attempt to offer hope,
instill faith, and help “at-risk” young people experience God’s love in their
The young poor need us – you
and the Brothers – now more than ever! Please give the "Search Your
Heart" volunteer-Discernment Program your prayerful consideration.