Brother Chris Patiño

Brother PatinoBrother Chris Patiño says he encounters Christ most clearly in young people. Only a decade out of college himself, he feels drawn to his new role as director of vocation ministry for the Lasallian District of San Francisco New Orleans. The assignment coincides with his recent move to Saint Mary’s, which he feels is God’s hand at work.

“I’m on the road 80 percent of the time. This kind of environment is better suited to my work and ministry–it’s easier to plug into the life of the College.”

It was Brother Chris’s Mexican immigrant parents who nurtured his journey toward religious life while he was growing up in Los Angeles. “My parents are amazing people who sacrificed a lot to put my two sisters and me through Catholic education.”

He first met the Brothers while attending Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. By 2003, his sophomore year at the University of Arizona, he was living providentially with the Brothers and working at their newly opened San Miguel High School in Tucson.

Key to saying “yes” to the ministry, he said, were the two summers he spent working with incarcerated youth in the Philippines. He took his vows in August of 2008.

Brother Chris quotes De La Salle’s Meditations when asked why the Brothers’ vocation is still relevant today: “Oh, what joy a Brother of the Christian Schools will have when he sees a great number of his students in possession of eternal happiness, for which they are indebted to him by the grace of Jesus Christ!”