Just as each class level takes a step back from the normal day-to-day activities of a school day and has a day of reflection or a retreat, so too does the faculty and staff of Brother Martin High School.
On Monday, November 4th, the faculty and staff took a day to reflect on the charism of Father André Coindre as it is found at Brother Martin High School. We did so by examining a new document that was recently produced by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart of the Province of the United States entitled Partners in Mission which reads in part:
As genuine partners in mission the brothers and laymen and women who work in these schools strive to embody [Father André] Coindre’s charism in various educational settings...all schools hold to one standard: that we consider our schools successful if our students graduate with the strong belief that God loves them and that students develop that belief by how much their teachers love them and how much they sense that love through the interest shown them in the classroom and extracurricular activities.
This document articulates the charism of Father André Coindre as it is lived in an educational setting. Brother Martin is one of eleven Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools introducing this document to their faculty and staff in the United States Province. It is the foundation upon which all elements of our mission are built and will continue to form new and veteran teachers as well as inform all school programs.
Brother Ronnie Hingle, S.C., ‘78, Provincial of the United States Province; Mr. John Devlin, Director of Schools for the United States Province; Mrs. Michelle Chiasson, Principal of E.D. White High School in Thibodaux, Louisiana; and Mr. James Castrataro, Principal of McClancy Memorial High School in New York City were our special guests in attendance.
The special day reserved for introducing this document included large group presentations, a reflection from faculty member Jill Gomez about how she has been formed by Father Coindre’s charism, small group discussions, a prayer-based commissioning ceremony, and an end-of-the-day reflection from Ryan Bordenave ‘94 on how his years at Brother Martin High School have helped him “make a life.”