Serra Club of DuPage
July 20, 2015
Speaker: Brother Allan Parham
Celebrant: Father Herb Essig
Guests are welcome!
St. Petronille Parish, 420 Glenwood Ave., Glen Ellyn
John Matyasik: email@example.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
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.