April 28, 2016

Their turn

As you may recall from a previous post, I spent Monday and Tuesday at a conference in Eatontown, NJ with fellow Lasallian animators from Lasallian schools across the East Coast.  The conference concluded on Tuesday morning and before I went home, I took a ride to Lincroft, the home of Christian Brothers Academy, an all-boys Lasallian high school, and De La Salle Hall, a nursing home for retired Christian Brothers.  I had been to CBA once before as our March for Life pilgrims spent the night there a few years back on our way back from Washington but we were there for less than 12 hours and I never really saw the campus as it was covered in snow.  This time, the campus was in full bloom and is absolutely stunning.  They have tons of fields, a residence for the brothers who work at the school, and a beautiful school building.  

The nursing home is located behind the school complex and is a beautiful location surrounded by loads of green space.  Our good friend Bro. John McMahon, FSC works at De La Salle Hall and invited me over for a tour and a delicious lunch.  It was heartening to see all these good brothers being taken care of after devoting their lives to education and their religious community.  The nursing home is quite homey and they receive around the clock care.  Bro. John is one of three brothers on staff and he is responsible for the spiritual life of the house.  There are 32 brothers who live in the nursing home, the oldest being 103!

The visit to De La Salle Hall was a nice way to end my time in New Jersey.  Bro. John joked that I certainly get around to Lasallian ministries.  In thinking about it, I've been fortunate to have visited the Mother House in Rome, St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket, Manhattan College in New York, LaSalle University in Philadelphia, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, CBA and De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, La Salle Academy in Philadelphia, and Ocean Tides School and Christian Brothers Center in Rhode Island.  God is indeed good!

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