Daughter of Charity inspires student's vocation

Posted by Katie Loftus
Monday 03, August 2015 | Category:   Consecrated Life,Vocation and Discernment
Brother Roberto Martinez
Brother Roberto Martinez, F.S.C., grew up in Los Angeles, where he was taught by the Daughters of Charity in grade school and by the Christian Brothers in high school. He currently teaches religion at a high school in San Francisco and volunteers as a sports coach at a nearby grade school run by both orders.

The Daughters of Charity released a video on YouTube, called Making an impact, about Brother Roberto Martinez, F.S.C., and the role of his grade-school teacher, Sister Marianne Olives, D.C., in helping him discern his vocation. 

Sister Olives taught Martinez how to read English, his second language. After grade school, Martinez attended a Catholic high school run by Christian Brothers. Martinez said that his faith and the prayers of the Daughters of Charity helped him get through a battle with cancer.

Throughout his discernment process, Daughters of Charity prayed for and supported him, and Sister Olives was present when he made his first vows. “It is always a joy to know that my consecrated life is an inspiration to somebody else who also wants to do the same with their life," she said.

Again following in the steps of Sister Olives, Brother Martinez is now a teacher. About the future of his students, he says, “You never know, one day [they may turn out to be] brothers and daughters.”

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