In order to foster vocations, our friars have instituted a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries, with plans to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories.
Vocation Story ~ Friar Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv.
My vocation was discovered as a high school student at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, and now 50 years later, I’m in my fourth assignment at Curley, and my cumulative 21st year as a teacher and administrator at the school. Surely it is not the norm to keep returning to the same place, but it does give a unique perspective, and the ability to know many people over decades. It has been a blessing.
Those we serve in ministry, wherever I have been, are really good people, and care about us as both individuals and as a community. Many years of my ministry have been around young people, and it’s rewarding to see them searching for the good, and for God. The media seems to report so much sad news, but in ministry we also see so much good news.
Surely the brotherhood we promote at Curley (the school uses the phrase “where brotherhood begins,” and the message of brotherhood is regularly spoken of by the students) reflects the brotherhood of the friars, for we friars do care for one another, support one another and share our lives, our struggles and our joys. People do appreciate the message of the Good News and receiving it with a Franciscan spirit. When we can discover and follow our vocation the Lord helps us along the way, and our brothers do as well.