Young Brothers Retreat in Midwest

Brothers Patrick, Fredy, Michael French (facilitator), Nestor, David and Roberto.

This past weekend Brothers in various stages of initial formation plus their formators met at St. Charles Borromeo Retreat Center, adjacent to Lewis University. It was their first meeting in the Midwest District. Brother Stephen Markham coordinated the retreat which involved the young Brothers in the USA-Toronto Region, along with four international Brothers who are studying at Saint Mary’s University in Winona.

Friday Evening Panel: Bros. Ed Siderewicz, Mike Fehrenbach, Larry Schatz, and Michael Kadow.

The retreat began with a social and dinner hosted by the Brothers of La Salle Community on Lewis Campus. Friday evening, four Brothers from the Midwest spoke on their experiences of being called into leadership. The evening ended with a Taize prayer led by Brother Michael French, who also facilitated the Saturday morning session on leadership.

Brothers Michael Miller and Fredy Boniface during Taize prayer.

Bro. Chris Patino at Taize prayer.


On Saturday evening, Bro. James Gaffaney hosted the group in the lobby of the new science building on campus. That was followed by mass back at St. Charles Borromeo celebrated by Fr. Paul Novak, OSM, president of De La Salle Institute in Chicago.

The retreat wrapped up on Sunday morning with prayer and an input session on the weekend as well as a sharing of possible topics for the fall retreat to be held in the San Francisco District.

Brother Michael Miller from DENA shared this about the weekend: “The panel of four Brothers who spoke Friday evening provided much insight about the journey this vocation leads those who are open to the movement of the Spirit in their lives.  Br. Michael French also led an engaging and thought-provoking morning about the varying forms of leadership we as Brothers can and will take.  Br. James Gaffney made those of us from outside the Midwest District feel most welcome by his hospitality at Lewis University.  Of course, I was gratified to see my classmates again and to catch up on our lives and experiences since the last gathering (in November).  All in all, in was a refreshing weekend.”

Young Brothers participate in a leadershp activity facilitated by Bro. Michael French.

Bro. James speaks to the group before Saturday evening's dinner

Bro. Diego (Bogota) thanks the group on behalf of the four international Brothers from SMU at Saturday night's mass (Fr Paul Novak at the altar)

Let me just add what an honor and blessing it was to be part of Friday night’s panel with my three fellow Midwest District Brothers. It made me very proud of all the good that  this group has helped bring into birth in our district.

My table group at Saturday night's dinner.

A special THANKS to Bro. Stephen for all that he did to make this weekend so successful. That included lots of trips to and from airports! And what a blessing to have Brothers in initial formation in our Region. Here’s to many more in the years ahead!



5 thoughts on “Young Brothers Retreat in Midwest

  1. Mary Fox

    Great pictures….greater story….thanks
    from those of us who journey with you
    together and by association…

  2. Cheryl Garrigan

    Just when you might wonder what could follow the Holy Week Retreat – here comes the Young Brothers Retreat in the Midwest! What an exciting weekend this was – filled with the energy of everyone who participated. What a blessing it is to be able to read this account – see the photos and reflect on what this means for the Lasallian Mission. CG

  3. Konrad

    This seemed to have been both an encouraging, prayerful, and inspiring gathering…with an impressive group of young men! Congratulations!!

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