Brother Matthew Kotek

Novice, Midwest District

La Crosse, WI


What was significant for you in discerning with the Brothers?

My community and ministry experience at Christian Brothers High School has affirmed my postulancy experience. The support that I have gotten from the Brothers in my community and the relationships that I have developed with faculty, staff and students at CBHS have also reaffirmed my desire to be a Brother and enter 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)?

My discernment process really began during my freshman year at Saint Mary’s. I met Brother Pat Conway for the first time and participated in LTIP during the summer of 2011. During LTIP I got a glimpse of the life of the Brothers, meeting Brothers from around the United States and experiencing their communities and ministries was very influential for me. Having experienced a variety of these ministries I then joined the LANCE (Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators) at CBU, and for the first time I experienced an intentional community focused on the ministry of Catholic education. Then, I joined the postulancy program with the Brothers. At each step of my journey, the Brothers were always there to guide me one step a time.

What do you look forward to about the Novitiate experience? How do you see it shaping the way you live your vocation as Brother?

I look forward to getting to know my fellow novices better and hope that we can help each other grow stronger in our faith. I believe that building meaningful relationships as novices, we will be able to support one another throughout the rest of lives as Brothers.

What are you looking forward to about deepening your interior and spiritual life over the year?

I look forward to having the time to slow down, take a step back from ministry, and really focus on who God is calling me to be.