On Saturday, August 2, 2014, David Deradoorian, Roberto Martinez and Patrick Martin pronounced first vows as members of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools—Fratres Scholarum Christianarum (FSC).
Brother Patrick and Brother Roberto, from the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO), pronounced vows at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California, while Brother David, from the District of Eastern North America (DENA), pronounced vows at St. Mary’s Church in Colts Neck, New Jersey, a short distance from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft. All three were surrounded by family, friends and Brothers to support, celebrate and welcome them.
“We are grateful to God for the gifts of Brothers Roberto, David and Patrick to our community and mission. We consider ourselves blessed by their presence and challenged by their commitment to share their lives as we work and journey together to educate and evangelize the young God has entrusted to us. In a word, let us rejoice!” said General Councilor Brother Tim Coldwell, FSC.
The professed vows come for the three at the conclusion of their novitiate year at Mt. La Salle in Napa, California. The novitiate is a year of formal preparation in the vocation of a Brother focused on prayer, reflection and discernment.
“Novitiate was a good year to get ready,” said Brother Roberto. “Through prayer, studying the life and writings of the founder, it was time for myself to prepare to commit myself to God and the Brothers.”
“Part of the novitiate is inward, but then a shift happened looking toward professing vows and entering back into ministry. The pre-profession retreat was powerful to reflect on what I am taking from this year into active ministry,” said Brother David.
Brothers David, Roberto and Patrick will return to educational ministry in their respective Districts this fall.
“I’m excited about returning to work with young people, the daily blessings and challenges of teaching,” said Brother David, who will teach at St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, New York.
“I’m ready to go back into ministry and do what I love, going back stronger in faith, in being able to be Brother to others,” said Brother Roberto, who will teach at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, California.
“This is what I joined for… I’m excited to see what the gift of novitiate has given me and what that will be for the students,” said Brother Patrick, who will teach at De La Salle High School, in Concord, California. “My motivation to teach is coming from a different place. I’m going to be a different teacher and Brother.”
Their profession took place in the context of liturgy, the three professed: In prayer, Brothers dedicate themselves completely to God by promising to live in association with the Brothers in their communal life of service. To this end, they vow association for the service of the poor through education, chastity, poverty, obedience, and stability in the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
“The profound moment was when I had to get up to profess the vows and I looked out and my mom is crying, Roberto’s mom is crying, and there are my family, friends, parish, Brothers. I knew I was making the right decision, those tears were of joy and happiness,” said Brother Patrick. “My ‘yes’ is being echoed by all, my Brothers, friends and family were there saying ‘yes’ with me.”