Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Brother David Brooks

For a number of years I heard some of my fellow Glenmarians talk about Brother David Brooks and his magic show. But since Br. David died in 1972, I never imagined that I would have a chance to see a glimpse of his performance. Brother David worked as a professional magician for a number of years before he joined Glenmary Home Missioners. As a brother he was not just a magician, but also a Registered Nurse caring for the people in the missions and serving in Glenmary's infirmary for many years.
Recently Glenmary's archivist, Lucy Putnam, had an old film reel from our archives digitalized. To our surprise some of the film contained a few brief clips of Br. David and his infamous magic routine. This film which luckily has been preserved in the archives has not been seen for over 50 years. It is a great joy to be able to see one of our past missioners share his gift way back then and thanks to modern technology, continue to share it today with many others. Do you believe in magic? 
God calls people with many different gifts and talents to serve in Mission Land USA? Could God be calling you to share your gifts and talents too?

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