Meet Br. Marx, MIC

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Meet Marian seminarian Br. Marx, MIC, who is working with us here this summer at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy:


By Br. Marx, MIC

Looking back, my call to the religious life all started with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I was a young altar server at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Maywood, New Jersey, when I first developed an admiration for priests and felt a call to the priesthood, even though I could not fully understand it at the time.

Though I was born in the Philippines, I spent most of my life in the United States, first briefly in northern New Jersey and then mostly in Southern California.

Growing up, my parents instilled the Catholic faith in my brothers and me, always having us pray the Rosary together as a family. We also had a Divine Mercy Image hanging in our home, which I remember vividly. As a child in the Philippines, I also remember the rays from Christ's side flashing across the television screen at the 3 o'clock hour, pausing the program for prayer.

When I got older, the distractions of the world kept me from realizing my vocation. Thoughts of the priesthood came up, but I would push them away, desiring worldly goods and also assuming I was too sinful to become a priest.

I lived the life of a typical 20-something. I dated several girls and I spent much of my free time partying and living what I thought was a good life in the worldly sense. To my folly, there were several months in which I didn't attend Sunday Mass.

Around this time, I took the occasional class at a community college while I bounced between several jobs. I delivered pizzas, sold cars, worked at a casino, and eventually ended up in retail for several years.

When I was in my mid 20s, my mom gave me a CD of the conversion story of Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. I usually would have had little interest in anything related to faith, but she figured that since I liked going to the beach and going outdoors, the story of a priest who surfs might make an impression on me. And it did.

I eventually started going to daily Mass with my parents and praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy with several parishioners afterwards. Once, when I was praying the Rosary, I felt a surge of joy and peace that had never felt before, and I knew something was happening in my soul.

This reversion started a slow, gradual growth in striving for holiness and eventually brought me to discover my vocation — priesthood. When I was in my late 20s, I spoke with my parish priest at St. Martha Catholic Church in Murrieta, California. During that time, I wanted to enter the diocesan seminary, but he advised me to go back to college for a year or two first before entering.

Around this time, I started going to the annual Divine Mercy Conference in San Diego with my parents and had the chance to hear Fr. Calloway speak. The Divine Mercy devotion truly inspired me. I knew I could spend my life promoting it. I started to think about becoming a priest more and more. But I decided to go back to school to get my Bachelor's degree before I made a decision. I ended up going to school at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego County.

At school, I started hanging out with virtuous friends. Witnessing their devotion to the Blessed Mother inspired me to lean on her intercession more than ever. These holy friends modeled a peace and joy that I desired.

I receive my degree, and then in 2015 I joined the Marians. But I'm still growing in faith and striving for holiness for our Lord and Our Lady. God willing, I'm hoping to renew my vows in August. Please keep me in your prayers! 

Brother Marx, MIC, is completing his second year of temporary vows.




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