News and Events
By Br. Michael Andrejko, FSC
On Sunday Sept. 24, 2017, Brother Mark Lowery, FSC, received the “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” is given by the Diocesan Bishop to laymen and laywomen and to consecrated women and men who demonstrate the presence of Jesus in their lives and have participated in an exceptional service to the Church reflected in so many different ways in the lives, ministry and work of those who receive it.
Brother Mark has worked tirelessly in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as a teacher of history, Development Director, and as a counselor at both Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Michael’s Place which is a recovery facility for persons who have just been released from incarceration.
Brother Mark has also been very active in the Greenfield Organized Against Drugs, which plans jail tours for young people as a way to prevent drug and alcohol addiction. An active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for twenty-three years, Brother Mark works tirelessly for people, especially the young, who have addiction issues. Mark’s generosity of heart starts with his Brothers whom he lives with in community.
He can often been found cooking, decorating, shopping, and running Brothers to various doctor appointments. Brother Mark is a firm believer that charity begins at home. Because of his compassionate heart, selfless generosity, as well as being able to think quickly in moments of great need, he has been given the title of Crisis Manager by the director of the Brothers’ Community. Brother Mark comes from a very large Irish Catholic family that he enjoys being with when he has free time.
He is truly a man for others and our hat is off to him as he receives this most distinguished and deserving award from Bishop Zubik in the name of the people of the Diocese of Pittsburgh!