When we find something missing,
we often hear the call again.

The Brothers are here to help you discern your vocation in life.


As graduation from college approached, you thought about the call again . . . but you chose a different path. Law school. Banking. Engineering. No matter the work, it just isn’t fulfilling. The tug at your heart to serve God and your neighbor is still there. You’re hearing the call again.

A MESSAGE FROM BR VISITOR DENNIS LEE, FSC

MEN WHO WERE CALLED TO RISE

ANTHONY “TONY” BAGINSKI

THEN: US COAST GUARD.

Growing up on a small-town farm outside Antigo, Wisconsin, Tony Baginski had a desire to serve his country. He graduated with a BS in Math and Computer Science in 1991—his first tour of duty was in Sitka, Alaska, as a buoy tender. Serving with an energetic crew, Tony recalls his commanding officer as “an excellent mentor modeling the actions that he expected from everyone on the crew.” Tony moved on to second in command of another buoy tender in Connecticut, and later attended graduate school where he earned his MBA and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Like other men and women, he continued to enjoy the Coast Guard’s mission—but there was something missing.

It was during his time at graduate school and teaching at the Coast Guard Academy that Tony began to reexamine his life’s vocational calling. He met the Sisters of  Saint Benedict in Ferdinand and was inspired by their incredible educational expertise and life-transforming sense of joy.

“I figured if I could find an order of dedicated men with such characteristics, I would join immediately.”

NOW: CHRISTIAN BROTHER.

That’s when Tony discovered the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Over the next seven years he came to know the men and their vocation, eventually igniting his second career. “What drew me to the Brothers was their commitment to provide ‘a human and Christian education’ to the students they taught. This is what I strive to accomplish every day.”

ANWAR MARTINEZ

THEN: VOLUNTEER.

After graduating from the University of Guadalajara, México, Anwar worked for his father’s company—but it was not the right fit. He took to the road and traveled the US, finding himself on the east coast where he was introduced to and eventually joined Lasallian Volunteers, a Christian Brothers program for college graduates to serve for one to two years as educators in some of the poorest cities and neighborhoods throughout the country. Anwar and other Lasallian Volunteers served and lived in Camden, New Jersey, with these men who dedicated their entire lives to teaching the most vulnerable and marginalized. Community life with the Christian Brothers and fellow volunteers was eye-opening.

“I often found myself intrigued that the Brothers seemed genuinely content, even after a long week at school. They were men in love with God, on fire with the Gospel and the Lasallian mission. They were living happy, healthy and holy lives.”

He found this love evident in their attention and care for the people they came into contact with both in community and school. “I kept thinking to myself, I would like that in my life!”

NOW: CHRISTIAN BROTHER.

Anwar spent his years with Lasallian Volunteers discerning a future with the Brothers. He said yes, and is today a perpetually professed Brother. “Experiencing community life and ministry alongside the Brothers and fellow Lasallians can provide a unique opportunity to take a good look at the Brothers’ way of life.”

PAUL AVVENTO

THEN: TEACHER.

Paul served as a teacher and administrator in Catholic education for 10 years, working with technology, elementary school faith formation, and everything in between. While Paul enjoyed autonomy in his life—the freedom that came with having a paycheck and choosing how to spend it, the freedom of having an apartment and choosing how to live in it—he also was drawn to many aspects of the Brothers’ life. But he insisted on experiencing them on his terms. For years, Paul felt that if God was calling him to join the Christian Brothers, he wouldn’t need to spend time actually discerning the call.

“Deep down I knew it was my calling. I just didn’t want to accept it.”

He eventually took the first step and attended a discernment retreat, and soon after asked for permission to move into a Brother’s community. “Within two months of deep discernment, I knew I was called to the Brothers’ life.”

NOW: CHRISTIAN BROTHER.

Becoming a Brother has afforded Paul the opportunity to truly be of service to the needs of students and the school in a way he never could before. “The feeling is not going to go away. Spend just one year seriously discerning this life—you have the opportunity to take small steps with the Brothers…give us a try and then at least you’ll know!

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“I was not surprised by Brother Tony’s words, ‘It took me three years to make the decision.’ I hope it struck a chord with you. How many years have you been considering the Brothers? As other Brothers have said, ‘The pressure is low and the support is high.’ All you can do is try.”

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Brother Edward Shields
(718) 809-1220
shields@fscdena.org

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