Brother Steven Barbaro

Novice, District of Eastern North America

Massapequa, NY

What was your first experience of the Brothers?

My first experience with the Brothers was back in December 2014 when I met Br. Thomas Casey and Br. Fran Eells in Freeport, Long Island at the De La Salle School, a Catholic middle school (grades 5-8) in the Lasallian tradition.

What was significant for you in discerning with the Brothers?

I look back on my postulancy and I am grateful for the opportunity to have volunteered at La Salle Academy in North Philadelphia and to teach in different Lasallian learning environments, as I did on a secondary level at Central Catholic in Pittsburgh. I have had two very different and supportive living experiences and this has encouraged me to take the next step into the Brother’s life.

Everyone quotes Pope Francis these days. What words of his resonate with you?

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.

How do you see your Novitiate shaping the way you live your vocation as Brother?

I’m hoping we can grow in faith together and get closer to God as a community and individually. I’m looking forward to the retreats, and the various spiritual talks and “desert days”, where I can have the opportunity to work on my interior and spiritual prayer life during my year at the novitiate.

Favorite prayer? Saint?

Hail Mary. Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and Saint Mutien-Marie Wiaux.