Quinn Brosnahan ’17
On the Brother Rice website, it says that upon graduation a Brother Rice Student will…
1) have the skills to effect positive change spiritually, morally, socially, and culturally in his environment.
2) continue to live a faith-centered life through habits of prayer, worship, evangelization, and service.
3) recognize the dignity of each person, respecting cultural and religious pluralism in society.
4) “Act manfully in Christ Jesus.”
I not only have a responsibility to myself to follow through with all of these things, but I also have a responsibility towards Brother Rice. This school has provided me with so many opportunities and amazing memories that I will never be able to fully repay. The least I can do is represent the school in a positive way.
I can “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” in a number of ways. The simplest way is by practicing my faith. Brother Rice as well as my parents have shaped me into the strong Catholic I am today. I don’t ever plan on abandoning my faith. I have heard countless personal stories over the past year and the main thing I’ve come to realize is that faith is what gets us through the tough times in life. When I interviewed a Vietnam veteran for my history class, he told me that believing in God’s plan was the only thing that kept his sanity in tact during the war. He didn’t need to resort to drugs or alcohol when he had God on his side. Whenever I face tough times in my life, I will carry the faith that Brother Rice has instilled in me.
Another way I can live out Brother Rice’s motto is by being active in my community and doing service hours. Although service hour forms won’t be a requirement for my curriculum next year, I will still be involved in service. One thing I plan on doing for years to come is volunteering at Misericordia. Misericordia was home to my Aunt Shelia for over 20 years. She has dealt with severe disabilities from birth and the people at Misericordia took her in as their own. Last month, as my Aunt Shelia was lying in the hospital during her last days on this earth, about 15 Misericordia workers came in to visit her. By the time they all filed in the room, there was no more standing room. They read her the Bible, prayed the rosary, and painted her nails (which she always loved). For that reason and so many others, I have the utmost respect for Misericordia and I have an obligation to continue lending my service towards them. Doing service in the community and caring for the less fortunate is exactly what Jesus wants us to do. If I continue to lend my service, I will paint Brother Rice in a positive light- which is exactly what I want to do.
Patrick Hollander ’17
The motto at Brother Rice is “Act Manfully In Christ Jesus” and as I am about to leave Rice I am left with the challenge to leave here to live in the image of Jesus Christ. Acting manfully in Christ Jesus means serving God in the things you do and the choices you make. As I am preparing to leave, I am asked to continue to live with Jesus in my actions and I prepare to do so. I am going to “Act Manfully in Jesus Christ” through my actions and decisions.
The motto “Act Manfully In Christ Jesus” has been a big saying in my life and I try my best to live my life with that motto. In college, I am going to try and live this motto in my actions and decisions. This motto is on several of my Brother Rice t-shirts and having that constant reminder of the way I should act will make me a better guy. There is a challenge to all Brother Rice students as they leave school to live like Jesus would want us to and I am prepared to take this challenge and Act Manfully in Christ Jesus.
Jack Pufunt ’17
This motto has guided me to make good decisions in high school and to be more active in my community. It has especially helped me take advantage of more opportunities than I would have usually taken. I know that I did not act as “manfully” in my grammar school years, so coming to Rice has really helped me grow as a man.
This was mainly apparent during my senior year. My first risk at taking a chance at becoming a leader was accepting my invitation to lead Kairos 138. As soon as I received the email, I immediately thought about declining the invitation because I was uncomfortable revealing my story to some people that I didn’t know so well. However, I decided to take the day to think it over, and I realized that to “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus”, I would need to help my peers have the same experiences that I did if they make that choice, even if it means risking some embarrassment. This turned out to be one of the best decisions of my high school career.
During college, I plan to keep the Brother Rice motto close to my heart. Kairos and Peer Ministry are the best memories of acting manfully at Brother Rice, and I will always try to uphold the ideals that I learned here throughout my future. Making all these great memories with great people was only possible by living out our school motto.
Brendan Leibforth ’17
The motto of Brother Rice has inspired me a lot since I have came here. “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” says a lot about our school and the way we act in everyday life. We have to show the compassion and bravery of Christ in everyday situations and we must show people what we have learned at our great school.
Many people have seen me acting as good follower of Jesus in my Brother Rice gear, and are impressed with how our schools student carry themselves. “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” is not just a motto at Brother Rice, but it is a lifestyle. We show other schools and people what an example of a good christian man should act like.
Next year will be an interesting experience for me because I will not be attending a
Catholic school for the first time in my life. This will be a challenge but I fully expect to thrive in this new environment, while still leading a good catholic life. I need to show people how I was raised and educated, and how to act as a man and a follower of Jesus Christ.
Dave Maracich ’17
Acting manfully in Christ Jesus is one of those things that is much easier said than done. In school we are always told to do this almost every day. There are many distractions in the world that keep people away from acting manfully in Christ Jesus such as drugs and alcohol. It is our responsibility to follow in Jesus’ foot steps and stand up against things that go against him.
After leaving Brother Rice it is going to be much harder to keep my faith. I am no longer obligated to attend mass at school or say prayers before class. Luckily I am attending a catholic university so I will be around a lot of students that are catholic and act manfully in Christ Jesus. I am going to try to still attend mass as much as possible and become friends with many other catholics.
College makes it even harder to follow in God’s ways. I won’t have my parents or family to look over me and make sure that I am on the right track. I am confident that what I have learned from my four years at Brother Rice will make me keep my faith throughout college and through the rest of my life.
Ryan Kutt ’17
The motto of Brother Rice has affected my life in many ways. As I came into Brother Rice I have wondered what that motto meant and I finally know. After four years in high school you gain life experience and what this motto means is that you will be a leader when others aren’t looking. “Acting Manfully in Christ Jesus” will change how I make future decisions throughout my life.
This motto has taught me that in the future I will be a leader in my society and in sports. I want to be the person people look up to not only in baseball, but as a person as well. From now on in my life I will be responsible for what I do and who I do it with. This is one of the few things this motto has taught me.
The other thing this motto has taught me is that even when nobody is watching what you are doing, you are still being watched. This motto stands for a lot more things than we think it does. Edmund Rice would want us to constantly being respectful and kind to others. We need to always be on our best behavior no matter where we are. These are two things two motto “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” has taught me.
Conor Sheehan ’17
The motto “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” will help me in college and in the future by understanding what it means to help others. I learned through ministry that some people need a little help getting on the right path in their faith so I can be the one to steer them in the right direction. I can use what I have learned in ministry and act manfully with leading someone in the right direction to God.
Another way I can “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” is by continuing my service in college. I have done a lot of service throughout grammar school and high school and just because I won’t be required to do service hours anymore doesn’t mean I have to stop doing service. There still will be different service trips and activities that I can be a part of in college.
The last way I can “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus” is by using what I learned in ministry to just be a good person. Knowing that everyone has their own troubles will cause me to be a good person to everyone even to people I don’t like. I could also keep attending mass in college and keep my faith strong. A lot of people do not go to mass and they lose their connection with God in college. I can go to mass and maintain my faith with God.
Mike McIntyre ’17
In order to act manfully in Christ Jesus throughout my life, I will continue to stay connected to my faith, act as a leader, and live an honest life. Staying connected to my faith is usually hard for kids going to college but I am not going to let college stop me. Going to Brother Rice the last 4 years has helped me grow my relationship with God in everything I do. I’ve grown to look to God in every situation and I thank him for all he does.
Being a leader throughout life is what is going to help me succeed. I believe Brother Rice has shaped me into the man and leader I came to be. Peer Ministry made us step up to the plate this year to lead our peers and rest of the school.
To live an honest life is a big thing of what our motto is at Brother Rice. Brother Rice has taught me to be honest and clean in all aspects of life. If you cheat, you aren’t cheating anyone but yourself. To be clean means you should not cut corners in life because eventually it will come back and bite you.
John Gallagher ’17
Acting manfully in Christ Jesus are words that have been engraved in my brain from now until the day that I die. That motto will forever be a guideline I will attempt to follow. By living by that guideline I accomplish what I feel is the best way to live life. Out of all the things Brother Rice has taught me, acting manfully in Christ may be one of the most important lessons I have received.
Acting manfully is as simple as it sounds. Act like a man. A man has responsibilities he must accomplish, weather he wants to do it or not. End of the day, people are relying on him to do what he needs to get done. This responsibility was put on me at Brother Rice.
Just as acting manfully is important, living in Christ Jesus is just as important. Living in Christ Jesus is not only believing in him and his church, but it is living the way he did. Jesus was the perfect role model, he lived life to perfection. It is impossible to replicate what Jesus did, but we as Catholics must strive to try to run parallel to his lifestyle.