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
Brothers' Volunteer/Discernment Program

Contact Information: Bro. Ronald Hingle (rhinglesc@gmail.com OR 504-913-0005)?; Bro. Michael Migacz (mikemigacz@hotmail.com OR 732-718-8559)

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

Application: due June 1 (for September placement)

Financial Arrangements: 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 lives.

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.