The Brothers of Northwest Indiana

From left are C.PP.S. Brothers Jerry Schwieterman, Jim Ballmann, Brian Boyle and Ben Basile, shown at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind., which the Missionaries sponsor.

Brother Jerry is in campus ministry and accompanies CCSJ students on the school’s mission trips to Guatemala. Br. Jim teaches computer classes and is also a swimming instructor at the local YMCA, where he instructs people of all ages and abilities. Brother Brian is a hospital chaplain, offering hope and God’s mercy to people who are sick and afraid. He also chairs our Fr. Brunner Peace and Justice Fund committee. Brother Ben teaches math classes at the college and is also a talented musician who rebuilds pipe organs in his spare time.

The vocation of religious brother allows them to pursue a life that makes them happy, which is also a life of service. Brother Ben puts it this way: “Brothers are limited only by their own talents, inclinations and callings. There are no limitations but there is a lot of potential. Our vocation is wide open.

“Our ordained members have a very specific set of responsibilities and authorities to which they have been called. Brothers, on the other hand—your calling depends on who you are, and what your apostolic calling is. You arrive at that through lots of prayer, discernment, and rubbing elbows with the people.”

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