b'his passion for adventure led Brother Ron to to spend much time in one place, never serving moredevelop a mission trip program, traveling than eight years in a row at the schools where he waswith students to places as far-flung as India, assigned in Cleveland, Dayton, Memphis, Tennessee,Mexico and the Solomon Islands. He also Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Chester, Pennsylvania. helped launch a Kairos retreat program at But for the past two decades, his focus has beenthe school, where he recently served on his pastoral worka change of pace that suits him just104th Kairos team, working with senior class fine. His primary role is assisting with sacramentalmembers to deepen their spirituality. duties at All Saints Parish, next door to ArchbishopIn addition, almost every year for the Moeller. I like doing it, he says. I like minglingpast 30 years, Brother Ron has moderated with the kids and visiting classrooms in the gradesummertime trips to Europe for recent school. I enjoy meeting socially with parishionersgraduates. Im big into global education, after Sunday Masses, too.he says. Never having traveled much as a Whether jogging on suburban streets or greetingyouth, it stirred his adult imagination to see folks after church, he fully expects the Marianist familyhow much you can learn through travel. spirit to come shining through. Being as interactivewith people as I am, I hope some might say, I mightA world of ideas want to pursue that life. I might want to be one ofBrother Bob started out teaching at Marianist them, Father Larry says.schools during the 1960s. He worked in Its one point upon which the three CincinnatiCincinnati, Toronto and then Dayton before Marianists agree: Theres plenty to be attracted to settling in at Archbishop Moeller as a coun- a way of life thats full of grace and often full of Brother Ron Luksic, SM selor and teacher in 1969. In the mid-1970s, he took a surprises. I tell young people take a look, saysgraduate course on death and dying, and it sparked Brother Ron. They might find its more than theythe idea to sponsor a grief support group for students. ever could have imagined.\x00(See story called Holy Ground, in Spring 2014 ALIVEat bit.ly/Sp14Alive.) John Schroeder is a freelance writer from St. Louis. This Companions on a Journey group remains active today, reaching out to students whove lostloved ones and need an opportunity to talk aboutthe loss. As many as 35 or 40 students take part eachschool yeara development that Brother Bob findssurprising but also spiritually nourishing. Its amoving experience, he says. The kids will laugh,and theyll also cry. Its all part of going through thegrieving process.Students never seem to lose the capacity to touchhis heart. Im always amazed at how energetic, howlively they are, Brother Bob says. This partly explainshow he found himself agreeing to spend nearly 20summers in Ireland where he taught conversationalEnglish to teenagers from Marianist schools in Spain.Never in a thousand years would I have predictedthat, he says, but it was such an enriching experience.And the brothers were a conduit for that wisdom.They opened up a whole new world of ideas to me.Family spirit shines brightlyThe early years of Father Larrys Marianist life providea bit of contrast to the geographic stability that char-acterized the ministry of the other two. While startingout as a teacher and chaplain, Father Larry tended not Brother Bob Flaherty, SM 20 Call 1.800.348.4732'