Br. Daniel Hollamby, FMS
What gives you joy in living the vocation of a Brother today?
I have been working in primary schools for 38 years now and enjoy meeting children and families from a variety of backgrounds. At present I am the Principal of Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School in Santa Teresa, a fully Indigenous community and school, 90 kms east of Alice Springs, Central Australia. The Marist Brothers have had a ministry here for the past 30 years. The Arrerente people have with their own language, rich culture and a deep spirituality. I continue to be energised by the desire of children in a remote community to learn and by watching them as they grow in so many ways through access to education.
As a Brother, how do you see yourself responding to the Gospel in the way of Mary?
The title ‘Brother’ is a constant reminder to me that in my work I should always seek to build family spirit amongst others. In my relationships I am called to nurture and support others – to spread the Good News more by actions than by words. In this way I follow Mary who was constantly present to God and to others. This is summed up in the motto of the Marist Brothers: All to Jesus through Mary.
Brother Daniel is currently serving as Principal of Ltyentye Apurte in the Central of Australia, Northern Territory.