Br. Tony Butler, FMS

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

After 30 years of English teaching in many schools, I transitioned into pastoral work with students and staff, which I have been happily doing for twenty years now at Marist Catholic College, Penshurst. My vocation as a Brother in campus ministry enables me to bring a Marist presence to students in Years 7-10 for reflective prayer. It has been a privilege to sit with and help my students reflect in a prayerful environment on the important spiritual issues in their lives, a gentle way – I hope – of making Jesus Christ known and loved. Some passage from the Gospels is always part of our time together.

The joy in my life comes sharing the joy in the faces of the students who encounter their God in a modest atmosphere of simple reflection and prevailing silence. The concept of teenagers sitting quietly for a period is hard to grasp, but it happens! I enjoy being a Campus Minister among young people in a busy secondary school. There is warmth and good humour and acceptance in the school which makes it a place of growth for all concerned, including me. I wouldn’t give it up for quids!

Brother Tony is currently serving as Campus Minister at Marist College Penshurst in Sydney.