Currently we have 127 Aggie priests and religious that we know of and another 43 currently in formation (those numbers will change in the next few months).
The quilt sewn up from Aggie patches, below white walls specked by crucifixes.
The photo of a grinning mother, beside the portrait of a dead Hungarian vicar.
And in the center of the room, a monk in a long black robe, bent over a binder full of calculus homework.
Brother Lawrence – once Ed Brophy – is 27. He has two math degrees under his belt and a third in the works. He calls himself a "goal-oriented person." He calls himself a "nerd."
But he struggles to explain his calling: the X in the equation that four years ago led him to walk out of Texas A&M University with a master's in applied mathematics and become a monk in Irving – in a country where even priests grow fewer.
His red eyebrows furrow. A smile creeps across his red cheeks. He leans back in his chair, looks around the tiny room where he might live the rest of his life and begins:
"I had an inkling of my calling before college. I tried to avoid the question." Continue Reading.
Pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Tip o' the hat to Holly.
In a somewhat related item, I was on Morning Air with Shawn Herriott, on Relevant Radio, this morning - to talk about St. Mary's and keeping your faith in college. You can listen to the interview here. It is in hour #1.