Br. Ray Arthur, FMS

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

As I arrived at school this morning a year 12 student was waiting for me. She was disturbed and stressed at the breakdown of a relationship and how this has affected her life. In being able to share her concerns a load was lifted from her and some sense of balance restored.

In my vocation as a Brother and school counselor there is much joy is being able to provide time and a presence to help young people cope with the natural pressures and stresses of life. I do feel a deep sense of joy when I have the opportunity to reach out and make others the center of attention.

As a Brother, how do you see yourself responding to the Gospel in the way of Mary?

I firmly believe that my life is a gift. I have received much through family, friends and especially through God’s constant love and care. Mary used her gift of life for others, she cared for and nourished Jesus and the early Church. It is my firm belief that like Mary I need to use this gift of my life for others. My image of Mary from the Gospels as a faithful, loving, gentle, compassionate but strong person has always been an inspiration for me in my life as a Marist Brother. I ask Mary for the strength and guidance to do the same for the young people I minister to.

Brother Ray is presently serving as Student Counsellor at Trinity Catholic College, Auburn, in Sydney.