The Brother Martin community gathered to celebrate the final Liturgy of the 2017-2018 school year with Fr. Paul Hart ‘70, Brother Martin Chaplain, as the Celebrant. The entire Brother Martin community was called to leadership for the upcoming school year. All of the athletic and extracurricular teams, clubs, and organizations presented symbols of their group that provided visual proof of the extensive involvement of the students at Brother Martin. Fr. Paul reminded us, during his homily, that we are all called to lead in one way or another in our lives and we are also called to look to Jesus for the greatest example of leadership. Fr. Paul called the newly elected Brother Martin Student Council President Elliott Canty ‘19 and current out-going Student Council President Colby Coulon ‘18 forward for the symbolic transfer of the gavel, and Canty indicated his willingness to serve the student body of Brother Martin.
The Class of 2019 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were also commissioned and served the Brother Martin Community for the first time. We also witnessed the Band and the Chorus perform without the leadership of the seniors, and there is no doubt, by the example of the beautiful music and song, that we are in the capable hands of the rising underclassmen. Principal Ryan Gallagher ‘00 called on the rising senior class to affirm their commitment to be servant-leaders of the school, and then Mr. Gallagher called the rest of the student body, faculty and staff to be ‘All In’ next year as well.
As we are quickly approaching the end to another faith-filled school year, we are not only called to leadership, but we are continually called to follow in the footsteps of the Founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Father André Coindre, whose COURAGE and CONFIDENCE has taught us all how to ‘step up’, maybe even out of the comfort zone, to take care of others, to show compassion, to act justly, and ultimately to love.