“Being involved in your community is important to help it grow and to help it become a better place than it was when I got there,” says Brad Corcoran a senior at Brother Martin High School. “A community is only as strong as its weakest link.”
Corcoran went on a mission with the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Mississippi, where the participants helped a local Spanish community in need. There, they spent time teaching kids how to explore their faith and become involved more involved in their own community.
“Seeing how the simple task of spending time and listening to what they had to say brought such happiness to them was unexplainable. It showed me that sometimes in life all we need is someone to show that they care,” says Corcoran.
Corcoran has also participated in the Pro-life March in Washington DC. As a pro-life activist, this was a rewarding experience for Corcoran. He was able to march with a large number of people from around the country.
Mark Benedetto, aka Coach Benny, is a former teacher at Brother Martin and has inspired Corcoran since the seventh grade to become a student activist.
After school, Benedetto would genuinely ask Corcoran how his day was while waiting to be picked up by his family. Eventually, Benedetto offered Corcoran a job at his café, Caffe Latte Da. While working at the cafe, Corcoran was able to
see Benedetto as a mentor.
“He taught me how to lead by example instead of giving orders. And most of all he taught me how to be a friendly, caring and compassionate person to all,” says Corcoran.
Corcoran enjoys giving back to the community through service and volunteering. On the weekends, he works at Benedetto’s cafe. Once he graduates, he hopes to attend a university where he can become an emergency medicine physician. He hopes to join Doctors Without Borders and his goal is to provide quality healthcare for all.