Brendan Gotta is the Sudan Relief Fund Director of Stewardship. A graduate of Franciscan University, he previously served as a Major Gift Officer for Dynamic Catholic, and before that, he was the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Arlington (VA). Brendan’s older brother took a life-changing year of service to South Sudan. When Brendan heard about Sudan Relief Fund, he decided to follow his brothers example and to serve those who are deprived of the safety, education and opportunities that are so easy to take for granted in the United States.
Brendan’s greatest passion is hearing the stories of lives and communities changed as well as the inspiration of those that make these changes possible. Brendan is an amateur blogger (@GottaBeSaints) and is an avid fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the New York Yankees.
Children Raising Children
At just fourteen years old, Martha was sexually assaulted and the attack resulted in a pregnancy. Nine months later the young, unmarried girl had no means to provide for a child. Still traumatized from the aftermath of her ordeal, her body couldn’t produce milk for her newborn.