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Brothers celebrating anniversaries

bySpecial to The Pilot
7/24/2015

Jubilarian Brothers (top row): Brother Edwin Boissonneau, CFX, Brother Calvin Clarke, SJ, and Brother John Dornbos, CFC, (bottom row): Brother Robert J. Green, CFX, Brother Lloyd Markowski, CFX, and Brother John McCabe, BH. Courtesy photos

Brother Edwin Boissonneau, CFX

Seventy-five Years

Brother Edwin met the Xaverian Brothers as a freshman at Malden Catholic High School, transferring after that year to the St. Joseph Juniorate in Peabody, site of the current Northshore Mall, to finish his high school education there. After his religious formation and college education in Virginia and Maryland, he began his teaching career at St. Matthew School in Brooklyn. High school teaching and tennis coaching brought him from Brooklyn to Baltimore and, in several segments, to St. John's Prep in Danvers for 45 years. In addition, Brother Edwin was Professor of French at Xaverian College in Silver Spring, Maryland, and six years as a missionary in Mumias, Kenya. He retired to Xaverian House in Danvers in 1997, where he enjoys doing odd jobs for his 24 confreres.

Brother Calvin Clarke, SJ

Sixty Years

In the small town of Highgate on the island of Jamaica, I was born to Roland and Helen Clarke, the fifth of seven children -- three boys and four girls -- on the Oct. 24, 1934. We were all educated by the Alleghany Franciscan Sisters who operated schools in various parts of the island. My high school years were at the Kingston Technical High School and it was during my first year there that I was introduced to the Jesuit Brother who was the Sacristan at our Cathedral. Gradually, as I watched Brother LeBel at work and came to realize what religious life was all about, I felt more and more drawn to it so that by the time I graduated I was quite sure that I intended to become a Brother.

After working in government service for a year and a half, I casually mentioned to our pastor of my interest in becoming a Jesuit Brother and before I knew it I was on a plane to the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie, New York -- the date: Oct. 31, 1954.

Most of my years in the Society of Jesus have been spent as secretary to the Regional Superior in Jamaica, as Minister (responsible for the domestic affairs of the community) and/or Treasurer for both the community and the school (Campion College). In August 2003 I was missioned to the Campion Center in Weston, where I assisted first as librarian and then in the Business Office as assistant treasurer. In 2012 I retired and moved to our Health Center where I'm awaiting my 'face to face' meeting with Jesus.

Brother John Dornbos, CFC

Sixty Years

I quite obviously have been in the Congregation of Christian Brothers (as of July 2) for sixty years. I have been stationed many places in this country: New Jersey, Illinois, Montana, Hawaii, Washington and now Boston (for the past year) and I've had a whole range of teaching and leadership positions. I was a high school principal, was Director of College Campus Ministries (18 colleges) for the Diocese of Joliet, Ill. 10 years and the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago for seven years. I've been blessed to travel with our Brothers to many of our mission sites in foreign countries. Here, at Catholic Memorial, I'm helping out in the theology department (mostly middle school) and in campus ministry (the same).

I have degrees in Mathematics (Iona), Educational Administration (Seton Hall), Physics (Notre Dame), Spirituality (Creighton), and a certification in Scripture (St. Mary of the Lake: IL) so I've been blessed with many opportunities.

It is kind of good to be in Boston. I spend so much time learning about the history of this famous city and state and it is a blessing to be here.

Brother Lloyd Markowski, CFX

Sixty Years

Brother Lloyd graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and served in Korea with the U.S. Army before entering the Xaverian Brothers in Fortress Monroe, Virginia. His teaching ministry began as a short-term substitute at St. Joseph School in Somerville, followed by a year at the Working Boys' Home in Newton. The next 40 years found him serving in elementary schools and childcare facilities in New York, Michigan, and Maryland. He was a volunteer for almost twenty years at St. Aloysius Parish in Leonardtown, Maryland, before moving to Xaverian House in Danvers in 2013. Brother Lloyd is devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary, making rosaries and enjoying frequent rosary walks around the St. John's Prep campus. He also enjoys playing the harmonica.

Brother Robert J. Green, CFX

Fifty Years

Brother Robert grew up in Melrose and attended St. Mary of the Annunciation School there. A graduate of Malden Catholic, he entered the Xaverian Brothers at the St. Joseph Novitiate in Newton. After his religious formation and college studies, he began a cycle of classroom teacher and then assistant principal at Malden Catholic, Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut, and St. John's Prep in Danvers. He served as Principal of Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and was Headmaster at Malden Catholic from 1999 to 2005. After several years teaching freshman religion classes at Malden Catholic, Brother Robert served as a volunteer for St. Mary School Board in Melrose and at Catholic Charities North in Lynn. In 2013, he was appointed Director of Xaverian House, the home for elderly Xaverian Brothers in Danvers.

Brother John McCabe, BH

Twenty-five Years

Brother John McCabe entered the Brotherhood of Hope in 1987. He made his first vows in 1990 and final vows in 1994. He grew up in New Jersey, the youngest of five children in a devout Catholic family. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University in 2000. For the last 15 years he has served as the community's Controller. He has also participated in Young Adult ministry at St. Catherine of Genoa Parish, Somerville from 2000-2005. Since 2006 he has been active at the Catholic Center at Northeastern University assisting with campus ministry. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Ministry program at St. John's Seminary.