Br. John McMahon, FMS

What gives you joy in living the vocation of a Brother today?

I am in my 50th year as a Marist Brother. I live at Templestowe, an outer suburb of Melbourne. Across the years I have worked mainly in schools, as well as being given time to pursue academic studies. This has all been very fulfilling. At the same time as carrying out this ministry, I have lived in Marist communities in three different States of Australia. When I joined the Brothers I was not aware of how they lived. I was more focused on what they did in schools. I quickly became aware that Marist community life, among other things, involves considerable time in prayer, both personal and communal. This aspect of our Brothers’ vocation now gives me the greatest joy in my own life.

I had listened to the words of others about the importance of prayer but I had to find out for myself. And this is where the rhythm of the communal day has helped me considerably. Community prayer in the morning and evening, Eucharist sometime during the day and private meditation in the morning all assist me to discern what I believe God is asking of me. I am very blessed!