Brother Martin Mary of the Eucharist McGough, SOLT
Peace and God’s blessings. I was baptized Martin John to good and loving parents Monica and John, grandparents and family. I come from the North East of England and met SOLT through Youth 2000 in England and Wales.
Before coming to SOLT, I worked as an administrator in the education sector, health service in the UK, local government and also in several parishes as an organist, sacristan, altar server and with the organization and fundraising for Youth 2000 in England.
I love SOLT because of the family ecclesial teams. We serve on teams of all vocations (priests, religious brothers and sisters and lay missionaries) throughout the world. All of us are brothers through the baptismal promises we made, but religious brothers different is that we are consecrated to God our Father by living out an eschatological witness of the three evangelical counsels in the Church of poverty, chastity and obedience for the Kingdom of God. I love my brotherly vocation as I serve our brothers and sisters in need by using the gifts that God gave me. The talents I am able to contribute are music, cooking, administration, organization and teaching.
Prior to coming to SOLT, I had no biological siblings and now I have been blessed by gaining many brothers and sisters of all ages. As a child, I had very few friends of my own age and now as a religious brother I have many friends who I cherish very much.
Since becoming a brother of SOLT, I have worked in:
- Formation work (teaching and living out as a brother to the novices discerning to become permanent brothers in SOLT)
- Secretary to our Regional Priest Servant
- Care for our sick and elderly priests
- Parish work as an Acolyte, Master of Ceremonies and music ministry.
I love serving our brothers and sisters as a permanent brother and I am happy to see more men follow this vocation. I invite any man who feels called to serve the community as a brother to contact our Vocations Servant Fr Mark Wendling, SOLT.
God Bless you all. Brother Martin.