If you were to sit and chat with Brother Lenny Carlino, SDB, you'd
quickly get the impression from this humble, soft spoken member of Seton
Hall's Class of 2014 that he doesn't consider himself "extraordinary."
Yet given the remarkable feats he has already achieved in his young
life, it's difficult to perceive him as anything but.
Brother Lenny is the first graduate from Immaculate Conception
Seminary School of Theology to be chosen to give the valedictory address
at Seton Hall's Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony, during which he
will graduate with his Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Theology. It was a
distinction he earned by presenting a sample valedictory speech to the
University's Commencement Committee. For inspiration, he looked no
further than his own minor – music. "Music is one of my passions," says
Brother Lenny. "In my speech, I compared my experience at Seton Hall
to a symphony orchestra." Soon afterwards, he was notified that he had
been selected as this year's speaker, representing the Class of 2014.
Music has been an important part of Brother Lenny's life ever since
the third grade, when he learned to play his first instrument: the
violin. "I realized I had a skill set, so I kept at it," he says. "Then, when I was a junior in high school, I had a private teacher who
introduced me to the viola." Since then, he has learned to play a
jaw-dropping four additional instruments: the guitar, bass guitar, piano
and ukulele – the latter he actually taught himself to play – and has
showcased these talents as a member of the Seton Hall University
Orchestra. He also sings, having performed with the University choir
and even at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).
Another significant part of his life has been the Salesians of Don
Bosco, a religious order in the Catholic Church which Brother Lenny
joined in 2009. The Salesians trace their roots back to St. John Bosco
in Turin, Italy, in 1859. "He wanted to serve the young and poor in a
spirit of gentleness and kindness," Brother Lenny says. "It's important
to communicate with them in a way they can understand and in a way that
conveys the love of a community." This mindset reflects the primary
focus of the Salesians, which is, as Brother Lenny explains, "Evangelization by education, and education by evangelization. We have a
very strong focus on studies, so I feel that as a future priest, it is
my duty to know as much about my faith as possible so that I can answer
any questions people have."
Brother Lenny is currently in his fifth year of formation. In a
couple of years, he will be placed in a Salesian school to teach, and
then he will pursue his theology studies – which he will likely do in
Jerusalem – en route to his ordination and his S.T.B.
But, first thing's first. Brother Lenny will address his fellow
Seton Hall graduates this month as a Catholic theology major and music
minor, and when the ceremony is over, he will continue down the path of
learning and discipleship. "I'm looking to follow a life path in which I
feel called and in which I'm able to serve others," he says. "This is
the time that I need to build that foundation for whatever future is in
store for me."
For more information please contact:
Father Douglas Milewski