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Brothers/Sisters Nite on campus

By Brother Mike Sheerin F.M.S.

Brothers/Sisters Nite has rapidly increased in popularity.

St. John’s University Campus Ministry sponsored its fourth annual Brothers/Sisters Nite at the 5:30 Sunday night student Mass on September 16. This event is annually coordinated by Marist Brother Mike Sheerin F.M.S., St. John’s University campus minister and NRVC member. His job description includes campus vocation awareness. The main purpose of Brothers/Sisters Nite is to let the students see, meet, pray, and eat with a number of sisters and brothers serving the local church. 

Representing 30 congregations, 97 brothers and sisters gathered together in the University Church of St. Thomas More. This was a significant increase from last year when 53 religious took part.

Newly professed Marianist Brother, Andrew Joseph Santoriello, S.M., shared his vocation story with the students after Communion. He reflected on understanding discernment as a prayerful exploration with twists and turns leading to a better understanding of his call to follow Christ as poor, chaste, and obedient. 

Following Mass, the religious and students participated in a pizza party for a meet and greet. The energy and feel of the whole evening was palpable. Students commented, as they always do each year, that they never saw so many sisters and brothers gathered in one place and so easily sharing their love of the consecrated life. It was the church alive!  

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