Marcel Milewski – The Saint Joe’s Difference Personified
We always speak of the Saint Joe’s Difference, how we prepare our young men for life beyond Saint Joe’s. We speak about service to others, helping our fellow man, and giving back. Let us introduce you to Marcel Milewski, a Saint Joe’s Junior who personifies the Saint Joseph Man!
On March 14 and 15 of this year, Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique, Africa as a category 2 storm. This storm devastated a broad area of the country, the extent of which was devastating. According to Jeff Wright, World Vision’s Cyclone Idai response director, “Cyclone Idai has shown just how vulnerable people are to these kinds of disasters that tear down homes, destroy crops, displace hundreds of thousands of people, and force untold numbers of children out of school that are damaged or that become evacuation centers.” Flooding in Southern Africa has already affected nearly 3 million people in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe since rains began in early March and Cyclone Idai struck March 14 and 15. The death toll exceeds 843 people.
Enter Marcel Milewski. “As being a part of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart community, I knew it was my mission to help aid Mission Amatongas, a Brothers of the Sacred Heart School located in Mozambique. With the aid of the Brothers in Africa, this community serves as a home for many kids who come from nothing. The students grow their own crops and tend to their livestock. The mission tries to be as low cost and efficient as it can be,” said Marcel. “So why did I choose this school in Africa? Because it is a Brothers of the Sacred Heart Organization, just like my very own high school Saint Joe’s. If you want to change the world, you've got to start off by changing your community.”
Marcel, along with a friend of his, Ben from Montgomery, New Jersey, created “the challenge” competing to see who can raise more money for this charity in one week. Marcel created a GoFundMe page, https://www.gofundme.com/thegoodchange-x-mission-amatongas, and raised more than $1,000 in one week.
“I hope this check can help in cyclone relief. If there is anything they need me to do, please let me know. I love being a student here at Saint Joe’s, a.k.a., the best high school ever.”
Marcel, thank you for your service to your fellow man. You are an example of servant leadership and of who we are at Saint Joe’s. You are a Saint Joseph man! God bless you!