Jack O’Sullivan ’16
My best memory of being involved in ministry at Rice was Kairos. Kairos was a truly life changing experience that I greatly benefitted from. I refound my faith and my life became grounded because of it.
Another great part of being a Peer Minister was retreats. Helping the freshman and sophomores grow as Men of Edmund was very enjoyable. Our skit was definitely their favorite part! Singing the Edmund Rice song was also a positive memory.
Being a peer minister greatly shaped my senior year for the better. I was blessed with the opportunity and am forever grateful.
Jordan Rogers ’16
One memory that I will remember for the rest of my life is Kairos. While on Kairos, I became closer to my brothers at Rice, learned how to open up and share my feelings with others, and got closer to God. I think Kairos will be my favorite memory because while having fun, I also had the opportunity to become aware of the presence of God in my life. I learned that God is all around on earth, always present.
I see God the most in my friends and the people God has placed on earth, because there are amazing qualities about every single one. I have seen God at work at Brother Rice all four years I’ve been here. I’ve seen it when the Rice community comes together after a loss, or works together to help Cameron Fahey’s family. Something like this can only be witnessed as God’s love.
All of my memories at Rice are involved with God’s love for the Rice community. I think this is why my ministry career at Rice has been so memorable. I will always remember having the opportunity to give Eucharist to my fellow classmates and be involved with retreats for the underclassmen.
Luke McGinnis ’16
The ministry that I have greatly enjoyed was the work with Edmund Rice Camp. The camp has taught and trained me to act in a mature, responsible way while dealing with the campers and act in such a way that I model for the campers what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and motivated by the charism of Edmund Rice. This camp has been incredibly important to me as I have learn firsthand how to deal with some of the most difficult children and how to deal with the problems that most of this children face at home. I have learned to be more caring and compassionate as a human as a whole working with those that have such hardships at such a young age. I am incredibly excited for this year’s theme of Mercy in honor of the Jubilee Year.
two other ministries that I have found beyond rewarded is leading in Peer Ministry/Kairos and Music. Kairos 134 was by far the most personally rewarding experience of my life. To see the impact I made on the candidates especially Spencer Oldfield, Will Thompson, and Tom Cagney has help me see that a helping hand and an ear to listen can change someone forever. I could not be more thankful for the strengthening of my faith that I received during that week. I can proudly say that I have significantly changed the way I react to the world around me and the way I interact with God. With this year’s trip to Rome I have been changed completely. I no longer see music ministry as a hobby but a powerful tool of worship. Weeping with my classmates in St. Peter’s Basilica as we were overcome with emotion as we sang “Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)” in the presence of the Holy Father has shown me the powerful prayer and healing song can give. I hope that I could improve services at Brother Rice this year as I have enjoyed every minute of it. The combined services with Mother McAuley were also a refreshing means of prayer that I hope will continue into the future.
Brendan Godsel ’16
Kairos was a life changing experience for me in a couple different ways. My relationship with God and the relationship with many of my fellow Brother Rice seniors was greatly strengthened. On Kairos 135 and 136, I laughed, cried, and bonded with people I’ll be calling friends for many years to come. My favorite activity to be a part of at school was the Edmund Rice Camp. Since my first meeting sophomore year, I have been in love with the camp and everything it stands for. I loved putting smiles on the faces of the campers, and some of those goofy little guys managed to put a smile on my face too. Last year, one of the campers hugged me and thanked me for doing a good job as prayer leader. I remember how happy it made me even after a stress filled, crazy week of camp.
Memories from ERC and Kairos will stick with me forever, but I’ll never forget the fun I had in Peer Ministry. The class found ways to get me thinking with its controversial discussions, while still creating ways to make me laugh. I also felt extremely involved in the religious aspect of Brother Rice with much thanks to the masses, retreats, and the short prayer services held at night. There was work to be done, but there were also plenty of laughs to be shared.
John Ryan ’16
Brother Rice was a great experience for my social life, my athletic life, and my religious life. It has opened up doors for me to explore my faith, and given me opportunities to become a much stronger Catholic. My first memory of involvement in school ministry was speaking at the school masses this year. I was given the opportunity to speak in front of the entire school and lead mass a few times and it was something I will never forget. Leading my peers in a prayer is a special moment that I never thought I would have the chance to do, but Brother Rice allowed me to do it. This is my first memory of being in ministry at Brother Rice.
My second memory of ministry at Brother Rice is Kairos. Kairos is something that I will never forget. I went on Kairos 134 with a small group of about 10 friends out of the 34 people there and came out with 34 brothers. During this retreat I was able to create friendships, make memories, and have an experience that I will never forget. I still remember coming to a Brother Rice Open House in eighth grade and my tour guide was raving about Kairos. At the time I had never had any experiences with ministry and thought he was some religious freak. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Kairios was a life changing experience that I was blessed to be a part of.
Liam Flood ’16
My time at Brother Rice is so far the best four years of my entire life. I have enjoyed every second of high school, even if my face didn’t show it. Some of the best moments that I have had at Brother Rice are during my senior year with my involvement in the campus ministry: the Peer Ministry class, and two Kairos retreats.
Signing up for Peer Ministry was one of my best decisions in my Brother Rice career. The class really managed to strengthen my faith as a whole, and the moments in class were some of the funniest. Coming together as Eucharistic ministers every Mass day made me feel very proud of myself and everyone else. We represented the student body and really did a good job. These are just a few of the good moments had in Peer Ministry.
Kairos is and will remain to be one of the most important moments of my entire life, and it is the absolute best memory I have ever made at Brother Rice. Kairos changed my perspective on life and the direction I want to take through it. After Kairos, I came out as a changed person, with strengthened morals, a cleaned conscience, and a renewed faith. I am forever in debt to the people who made my Kairos retreat possible. Not only that, but I was fortunate enough to continue my Kairos experience as a leader two retreats later, and that made memories of Kairos ten times more enjoyable. Kairos is the greatest thing to ever happen to me and I will never forget it. It is absolutely the best memory of Brother Rice.
Every moment of Rice was a good moment, and I will never be able to repay my high school for the way it has prepared me for my future life.
Ben LaScola ’16
During my time as part of the Brother Rice ministry program my best memories have been leading and being a candidate on kairos. Leading and being a candidate were both amazing experiences that brought me closer to God in real ways. Reading at masses and being a part of the process that brings all the students together for singing and praying has been a great experience. The freshmen and sophomore retreats were unique opportunities to learn what motivates other kids and also get in touch with my goals as a student and a man of God.
When people ask me if I liked leading kairos more than being a candidate, I try to explain that both experiences were completely different even though they were the same program. Being a candidate was unlike anything I had ever done. By the end of the four days I felt so close to the guys on my retreat and in the beginning I thought that i had done the whole retreat thing already and I knew what to expect. Kairos as a candidate was very special and I know I will be wearing my kairos 131 jacket as long as I can. Being a leader was just as powerful and more because I wanted to do whatever I could to make sure the retreat was as great for the kids as it was for me. Although it was hectic and challenging to run the retreat and stay organized (not my strong suit) it was more than worth it.
Being a part of school masses and school retreats was one of my all time favorite Rice memories. I am so fortunate to have been able to speak to my fellow students and be part of the team that makes things like the christmas mass and palm sunday mass possible. Being a peer minister also allowed me to see mass from a new perspective on the ground as part of the mass rather than from the seats as a member of the audience. New perspectives were also made available when we made the retreats for the younger students. I got to see the way sophomores and freshmen experience school and it gave me a feeling of completion when I looked back on my first years of school. Overall being involved in ministry at Rice has enriched my overall Rice experience and I am so glad to have been a part of it.
Joey Preusser ’16
One great memory I had this year was the freshman retreat. I really enjoyed it because it reminded me when I was a freshman. I loved talking to them and telling stories about good things I did in the past and bad things. I also loved joking around with them and having a close relationship after the retreat.
The last thing I Loved about this year was being a leader around school and wearing my peer ministry shirt. It gave me confidence when I walked in the hallways and in the classroom. I felt like I was obligated to be a better person and set a good example for the underclassmen.
Jacob Smuda ’16
One of my best experiences with ministry was serving the Eucharist at school masses. This was an important moment for me because it was something I had always been interested in. Growing up I always saw the people at mass giving out the Eucharist and never really understood it. I learned a lot in peer ministry about the importance of this job at mass. Being able to give out eucharist was an amazing experience and it changed the way I look at mass.
Another experience of ministry I was involved in at Brother Rice was leading the freshman retreats. This was a very cool experience as I got to interact with many underclassmen that I normally wouldn’t have talked to. I got the chance to give them advice on things I had learned over the last four years. I talked to them about school, social life, and sports but also faith and religion. It was one of my favorite ministry experience because it allowed you to talk about faith and religion in relation to everyday life.