Diocesan News

Brothers and Sisters Hang with Students at St. John’s University


St. John’s University Campus Ministry sponsored its fourth annual Brothers/ Sisters’ Nite at the Sunday night student Mass on Sept. 16. The students saw, met, prayed and ate with Sisters and Brothers serving the Church locally. Representing a total of 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 participated. 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, all 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. This event is coordinated annually by Marist Brother Mike Sheerin F.M.S., the campus minister.