Brother Mark Engelmeyer

Novice, Midwest District

Minneapolis, MN


What was significant for you in discerning with the Brothers?

As a Postulant, whenever I placed all of my chips on the table and went all in, I consistently experienced a deep and profound joy. This, coupled with prayer and counsel, affirmed my decision to continue into the novitiate.

Discernment is a process. How has your discernment journey led you one step at a time (maybe in a way you didn’t foresee in the beginning)?

Discernment is like a roller coaster. There are highs and lows, twists and turns, and different experiences whether you’re sitting in the front, middle, or back of the cart. If you truly embrace the discernment process, it’s an enjoyable ride filled with surprises.

What is exciting/energizing for you about religious life(particularly being Brother) today?

In a society that promotes individualism, there is something very extraordinary about being Brother. Your vocation is to be “brother” to fellow Brothers, colleagues and students, and by doing this, you prioritize the care and concern for the “other” over yourself.

What are you looking forward to about community life and your experience with your Brothers over the year?

This vocation is one where a Brother has to balance the ministry and community life. More often than not, things come up in the ministry which tends to compete with the communal life and can pull one away from things happening in the community. With the novitiate year, it will be an opportunity to experience and live community life without the ministry. On the flip side, there is never a year where there is ministry without community. So maybe the novitiate will be a time to more fully embrace and internalize the prominence of the community life in the vocation.