Brother Mark Waldmann, of Stony Brook NY, received the Habit of the Franciscan Brothers on August 2, 1998, and took Temporary Vows January 22, 2000. From 2000 to 2008 Brother taught Social Studies and Computer Science at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows. During his ministry at St. Francis Prep he also served as Director of Technology and Chairperson of the Computer and Business departments. Brother professed his final vows January 26, 2003.
Brother Mark is an Alumni of St. Anthony's High School ('96) and St. Francis College ('00) where he received a B.A. in History and an A.S. in Computer Technology. In 2007 he received his M.A. in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington.
In the spring and summer months, Brother spends time tending to his organic vegetable and herb garden at the friary. Besides gardening, Brother is learning to play the Highland Bagpipes and the Scottish Smallpipes. He also serves the community in making Habit Franciscan Crowns and rosaries.
Brother is currently serving Hope House Ministries in Port Jefferson, NY as Directors of Education and Technology
and was recently appointed Vocation Director for the Congregation
I entered the Brothers after my Freshman year of College, after having been taught by the Brothers at Saint Anthony's High School.
I have always felt pulled by God, and sought out opportunities growing up to understand what it was that i felt drawn to. And after having spent time with the Brothers and learning more about their life when i was a student at St. Anthony's I still wasn't sure where God was leading me. Then After spending a year at a Benedictine College, i found myself yearning for the life I left back home with the Brothers.
After almost 20 years in Religious life I continue to experience the many Graces that God pours upon me; through the support of my Brothers and Family and Friends.
When asked why did I become a brother? My answer is this: I didn't become anything, I entered into a deeper experience of myself, responding to what God had already placed in my soul. For me, these 19 years have deepened my faith, has enriched my life and has given me the opportunities to serve God in ways that I never thought I could.