So more on my current living situation
I’m 22, just graduated from college and I live with one of my best friends and four other guys. The thing is, three of those guys are over the age of 65 and are committed to religious life.
Now one might ask, “Why in God’s name are you living with 3 OLD MEN?!”
I am one of the proudest alumnus of Iona College (Class of 2013), which is a small private institution that was founded by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. For a long time Iona was run by the Brothers and almost every one of them have studied at Iona. A few still teach and many of the Brothers still live in community around the campus. This is how I was introduced to this congregation.
I wanted to do a year of service (specifically in New Orleans) after I went on a Mission Trip through my school in 2012. The city is unlike any city I’ve been to and the people are so…there just isn’t a word to describe the wonderful people of Naw’lins. While on the trip, we visited the house that I am now living in. We learned that the three Brothers open their home and life of community to three volunteers each year. I knew that evening we’d met them that I would be a volunteer in that house one day.
So now, here I am. The other boy I live with is also an Iona grad. In fact, he was my Mission Trip leader and he moved down here last year to volunteer. He loved it so much so that he stayed for round two. Most of what I’ll be talking about from now on will be anecdotes of life with three Christian Brothers, the service that I’m taking part in, trials and tribulations of living on the Big Easy, and (of course) mentions of Justin Timberlake.