Newest Brother Takes First Oath
Ohio Native to Serve the U.S. Home Missions
CINCINNATI (June 13, 2011)—On Friday, June 8, Jason Muhlenkamp of Maria Stein, Ohio, made his First Oath and became a member of Glenmary Home Missioners and a "brother in training." Glenmary president Father Chet Artysiewicz presided at the First Oath Mass and witnessed as Jason, 38, committed himself to the practice of poverty, chastity, obedience and prayer. The Mass was celebrated at Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston, W.Va., on the last day of this year's Glenmary General Assembly.
As a Glenmarian, Brother Jason also committed himself to his fellow missioners and to the proclamation of the Gospel in rural areas and small towns of the United States. With the First Oath, he begins a three-year period of temporary profession that will culminate in his Final Oath. He has completed three years of Glenmary formation.
Four years ago, he was working for a company in his hometown but was hearing a different call to serve God and other people. So he contacted the Catholic Volunteer Network and soon took a job as a Glenmary Farm manager in Lewis County, Ky.
"It was there that I discerned God was calling me to join Glenmary," he says. He realized the rural and home mission aspects of the society's work strongly appealed to him, and he was inspired by his conversations with Glenmary priests and brothers.
He spent the second year of his candidacy program at Glenmary's Bertie County, N.C., mission as part of the pastoral team. And he returned there for another six months during his novitiate. In Bertie County, he performed ministries ranging from visiting the local prison and nursing homes, to working at a food pantry and adult day care center, to teaching religious education and assisting in disaster-relief efforts after natural disasters.
"I'd like to keep doing social outreach ministry in the future," he says. "I've been very blessed with great Glenmary role models and mentors."
Brother Jason will continue working toward his degree in pastoral ministry at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky.