Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Religious Brothers' Day

Praying for Religious Brothers from all the different communities on #ReligiousBrothersDay. Through this celebration may we the Church be inspired to invite more men to discern their call to religious life as a Religious Brother.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Fr. Frank Schenk

Fr. Frank Schenk was one of a kind in more ways than one. The most obvious is that he is the first Glenmarian to reach 100 years of age. He was 102 years old when he died on April 11, 2018. Yesterday we celebrated his life at his funeral. In one of our Glenmary documents it is written, "The death of a Glenmary brother is his final witness to his profession of Faith while he lived; it is the climax to his life of ministry for the Kingdom; it is the consummation of his Glenmary Oath. For these reasons, the event is rightly considered a celebration."
During the wake service, the funeral homily and other times sharing we heard many wonderful stories of his kindness, generosity, faithfulness, holiness and much more. Fr. Frank was always "old" to me since I did not meet him until he was already in his 80's. But despite our age differences I always enjoyed spending time with him and hear his reflections on life and what was happening in Glenmary and the missions. He never talked about himself too much but generally would share his opinions and views. When he was told that someone had written an article in the Washington Post about volunteering at Glenmary and that they mentioned meeting Fr. Frank in the article, Frank replied, "I hope it wasn't too flowery."

I most often saw Fr. Frank in the Our Lady of the Fields Chapel praying and knew that I could count on him for specific prayer requests for vocation prospects in Glenmary. I also saw him in the kitchen where he continued to bake fresh bread for the community until he was 100 years old.

Fr. Frank served in Glenmary missions including; North Carolina, Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In addition Fr. Frank served as a missioner on loan in Colombia for a number of years. 
Frank's obituary can be read on the Glenmary website (http://www.glenmary.org/site/epage/110380_919.htm).
Videos from his 100th and 101st birthday celebrations can be viewed on my blog.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday Reflection

In the Easter Sunday Gospel reading, Mary of Magdala told Simon Peter that the tomb was empty. Peter still felt he had to go and see for himself. Listening to this story reminded me of an earlier passage in John's Gospel. Jesus was asked by two of John the Baptist's disciples, “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”  At some point in discerning our vocation we are like Peter or the disciples. That is, we recognize an inner desire that is drawing us to seek or be near to Jesus. Listen, can you hear Jesus inviting us closer?  
Maybe the invitation is coming through someone we know. Peter felt moved to go to the tomb and look for Jesus after hearing Mary of Magdala's testimony. In the other Scripture passage, the disciples questioning Jesus were inspired by the testimony of John the Baptist. God might be speaking to you through the testimony of people who are around you. Has someone told you that you might make a good priest? Has someone told you that you could be a religious brother? Be open, pray about it and listen. Can you recognize God's invitation coming through the people who are around you?

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Vigil in the Missions

Fr. Aaron Wessman in Bertie County, NC 
Fr. Aaron Wessman in Bertie County, NC 

Br. Levis Kuwa in Early County, GA

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Glenmary Sled Race

Our President, Fr. Chet, racing against our Novice Director, Fr. Dan, on the Glenmary Hill 🛷

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Vocation Events

Glenmary's Vocation team likes to participate in events around the region and sometimes around the country where we can share our Glenmary Story with the Catholic faithful. Our traveling "road show." Our mission at these events is twofold, a reminder to the universal church of our call to be a mission church as well as to meet with young men and women who might be discerning a vocation. As Glenmary Father Don often says, "Glenmary is the best kept secret in the Church, so we've got to get out there and tell others about Glenmary and the mission needs."
If any of my readers know of an event in their parish or diocese that you think it would be an important one for us to attend, feel free to contact us. Either leave a comment below with the information or send us an email vocations@glenmary.org Thanks for your help.