July 20, 2015 Meeting

Serra Club of DuPage
July 20, 2015

Brother Alan

Speaker: Brother Allan Parham

Celebrant: Father Herb Essig

Guests are welcome!

St. Petronille Parish, 420 Glenwood Ave., Glen Ellyn

Please contact:
John Matyasik: jmatyasik@serradupage.com or 630-947-5672 RSVP by July 15

6:00 pm Rosary for Vocations

6:20 pm Mass

7:00 pm Fellowship (Parish Center)

7:15 pm Dinner

7:45 pm Program: Meeting & Speaker

Brother Alan:
I was born in Brooklyn, NY, but grew up in Pensacola, FL and went to high school in Cleveland, TN. I went to public school, but was active in the CYO. I joined the Trappists at age 26, but left six years later, deciding not to make my final vows. Then I spent much time trying to figure out my future and tried an acting career,
then teaching in Barranquilla, Colombia, and eventually ended up working at an African American parish in
St. Louis. It was there that I became concerned about the struggles of the young people in the public schools. I began to believe that Catholic schools were a more viable option for them. At the same time, I met the Christian Brothers, and I began to visit them. Because the Brothers were reaching out to minority teenagers and others, I decided to apply, having felt at home each time I visited them. That was 25 years ago, and I have never regretted joining the Brothers.

Brother Allan is Director of Vocation for the Christian Brothers and is Head of a House of Brothers in Westmont.

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A joyful and inspirational afternoon!

Diocese of Joliet

41st Annual Seminarian Sendoff

Krasa Center – Benedictine University – Lisle, IL

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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2014 Sendoff Article – Brief Review

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 Fr. Burke Masters and seminarians

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                   Bishop Joseph Imesch                            Serra Club President & Int’l Exec. Dir.


  Nearly 400 people including Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop Joseph Siegel, Bishop Joseph Imesch, and many members of the clergy and religious orders joined the seminarian families in celebrating our thirty-seven seminarians as they prepared to enter or continue their discernment and formation in answer to our Lord’s call, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

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We are thankful that these men have heard and answered our Lord’s call and we will remember them in our prayers.

Rev. Thomas Dunn (front row, far left)

Rev. Paul Solomon (front row, second from left)

Rev. Clive Otieno  (front row, second from right)

Rev. Michal Twaruzek (front row, far right)

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