The month of March marked some major anniversaries for four members of the Brothers of Mercy of Mary Help of Christians Congregation:
On March 8th Brother Hugh Denomme celebrated his 64th anniversary as a Brother of Mercy, Brother Terrence Mansfield celebrated his 63rd anniversary, and Brother Edward Lewis celebrated his 57th anniversary. On March 18th Brother Kenneth Thomas, House Superior of the Brothers of Mercy, celebrated his 22nd anniversary as a Brother of Mercy. Please join us in wishing the Brothers congratulations on such milestones! The Brothers of Mercy Campus, as well as Brothers of Mercy Mary Help of Christians, is very blessed to be able to benefit from the wonderful service of these dedicated Brothers!
Brother Hugh currently serves as a part time Spiritual Care Assistant at both the Brothers of Mercy Senior Apartment Complex and Montabaur Heights. He also assists our chaplain with Sunday Mass at the Sacred Heart Home. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Brother Hugh attended the Detroit University High School, which was run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He began discerning his vocation while in High School and he had a Jesuit mentor. Along with living on the campus here in Clarence, Brother Hugh has lived at the residence on Jewett Parkway in Buffalo, Kansas City, and in Oklahoma City for 10 years. In recognition of good patient care, Brother Hugh received a tuition discount from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. He also completed a BS in Nursing from St. Louis University.
Brother Terrence was born in Long Island, NY. Attending St. Patrick’s Grade School and High School in Elizabeth, NJ, he began discerning a religious vocation during high school when he was in 11th grade. Aside from residing for many years at the Campus in Clarence NY, Brother Terrence was stationed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for over 2 years. He earned an RN degree from the Alexian Brothers in Chicago, and a degree in Occupational Therapy from Erie Community College in Williamsville. Brother Terrence has worked as an RN and Occupational Therapist at Brothers of Mercy, and also in the Brothers of Mercy Foundation and Life Enrichment Department. Now retired, he volunteers at the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and also spends much time praying for others.
Born in Alton, Illinois, and raised in Louisiana and New Mexico, Brother Edward realized he had a vocation to the Brotherhood when he was just 15 years old. He actually entered the Brothers of Mercy community while still at high school age. Brother Edward has been a volunteer fireman for many years in the Clarence Fire District #1. One year he was honored as the Fireman of the Year and he once was honored as the EMS of the year. Still an active member, you will see him directing traffic when needed on campus. Along with living at the campus here in Clarence, Brother Edward lived for a brief time in Oklahoma City and also lived in Kansas City. Brother Edward is currently the Assistant Community Superior with the Brothers Community and performs various tasks as assigned by the Community Superior.
Brother Kenneth grew up in Fredonia, NY, and enlisted in the United States Air Force under the Delayed Enlistment Program when he was only 17. His Air Force career lasted 11 years, being stationed all across the United States, Germany and South Korea. While on active duty, Brother Kenneth attended and completed USAF Leadership School at Lowry Air Force Base in July 1985, and received the Award of Unit On the Job Training Manager of the Year. He earned a BS in Management from Park University in 1994 and an MS in Health Services Administration from D’Youville College in Buffalo in 2001.Brother Kenneth first felt a calling to priesthood or religious life early in his Air Force career. However, he seriously began to discern a vocation in 1987 while in Alaska. Brother Kenneth finally took a leap of faith and contacted the Community here in Clarence in October of 1995. Since joining the Community in 1996, Brother Kenneth has always lived on the campus in Clarence. He is an avid photographer, enjoys walking for exercise, following the Buffalo Bills, Sabres & New York Yankees and is a casual basketball fan. Brother Kenneth also likes reading – mostly spiritual reading – as well as other various types of literature, music, some TV and movies, cooking and baking. He also loves to travel (especially on trains). He is a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus and has been a member of the organization since 1984. Brother Kenneth is also a member of the Brothers of Mercy Board of Directors and serves as a Spiritual Care volunteer, mainly at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.