Marist High School welcomed newly professed Marist Brother Luis Ramos, FMS to the faculty for the 2019-2020 school year. He will teach freshmen and sophomores in the Religious Studies Department.
Br. Luis attended Mount Saint Michael Academy in Bronx, New York, a Marist Brothers’ school, which introduced him to the Marist charism. Of his first encounter with a Brother, Br. Luis said, “I saw a tall guy wearing a funny dress. Now I know it was his religious habit, and I've got one of my own!”
During his high school days, Br. Luis was involved in Marist Youth, which focused on service in the community. Members prayed together and were supportive of one another. Br. Luis said he learned a lot from his involvement with the group.
It was during those high school days that the first inkling of interest in a religious vocation occurred. He went on to Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. and earned a degree in religious studies and sociology.
It was midway through college when Br. Luis said the call to serve became much louder. “Their common life and practices were attractive,” Br. Luis said of the Brothers. “With so much done together and for the same mission, the brothers never seemed to lose their individuality.”
Br. Luis started his discernment process with a Brother, and prayerfully considered entering formation. The first stage is called postulation where candidates live with the community, live as a brother, and continue discernment. At the end of that, candidates can enter the novitiate if he, God, and the community believe it’s a good fit. The novitiate is a two year process of learning about religious life and vows. There is a lot of time devoted to prayer and active ministry experiences. The novitiate culminates in profession of vows. Br. Luis professed his vows on August 10 in New York.
His first assignment is here at Marist Chicago. “Being assigned here was exciting news,” he said. “I've always heard amazing things about the family atmosphere and quality education at Marist Chicago. It's a little far from New York City, my hometown, but I'm excited to be here.”
He is a big music fan and enjoys spending time outdoors. He likes running and hopes to begin training for his next half marathon soon.
To young people thinking about the possibility of religious Br. Luis said, “Don't freak out. We rarely make big decisions instantly. Take time with it, chat with people, and be open to what the possibilities are. God can use the desires of your heart for anything!”
Send Br. Luis a welcome note.