Today, March 18th, 2019, marks the 21st anniversary of the Brothers of Mercy’s House Superior, Brother Kenneth Thomas! Please join us in wishing Brother Ken congratulations on this milestone! 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 the very dedicated Brother Kenneth! Some background on Brother Kenneth:
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 Corporate Board of Directors and serves as a Spiritual Care volunteer, mainly at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.