Br. Thomas Johnson, FSC describes MDP as “one of the most Lasallian and Christian places” he’s visited.
On Monday November 2nd, Vicar General Br. Thomas Johnson, FSC visited Martin de Porres Schools and Group Residence in Springfield Gardens, NY, while on his way to the ministries in Venezuela and Costa Rica.
Br. Thomas’ full day tour involved all the MDP programs while escorted by student guides and staff. Dividing his time between meals and activities, Br. Thomas learned the stories of students; how they arrived at Martin de Porres, the impact the programs are having on their lives, and the hope students and residents now have for the possibility of meaingful futures.
Staff engaged in the Lasallian formation programs (Lasallian Leadership Institute, Buttimer) were invited to share in prayer service and conversation with the Vicar General in the Brothers’ Community Chapel.
“The children, young men and women, staff, we’re all priveleged to have had Br. Thomas with us,” said Br. Raymond Blixt, FSC, CEO of the Martin de Porres Schools and Group Residence. ” It was great to create a link from our ministry to the International Lasallian world.