Visiting with Bro. Jack Somerville, S.M.

Bro. Jack Somerville, S.M., spoke to Mr. Jim Brooks's senior English class Thursday morning, March 10, in World Literature. Bro. Jack is in charge of maintenance at Mt. St. John.

Students had been reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian Author. Bro. Jack spent a few years in Kenya and Zambia, where the Marianists have schools and have recruited young men to the order. He spoke about the challenges of entering a new culture that operates socially in ways that are different from the way we do.

In addition to sharing stories about the culture and the friendships that he made, Bro. Jack, a fine guitarist and singer, played a song of his own creation called "A Psalm for Africa," and a native Kenyan version of "Hakuna Matata."  He ended with a slide show of the people, work life and celebrations he encountered.

By Mr. Jim Brooks, English teacher