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Brother Eldon Crifasi, SC ’39 75 Years as a Brother of the Sacred Heart A LOT OF PEOPLE would note 1941 as the year that America entered the Second World War following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces. For Brother Eldon Crifasi ’39, SC, 1941 is remembered for much more. Two years after graduating from Catholic High School, he received his first year of vows as a Brother of the Sacred Heart. Seventy-five years later, he hasn’t looked back. While attending CHS, A. J. (Angelo Joseph, Brother Eldon’s given name) was immediately struck by the personal attention and concern shown by the Brothers on campus. “I found the Brothers took a lot of interest in us. Not just in the classroom, but outside the classroom as well. They wanted to know what we were doing and would give us advice,” noted Brother Eldon. On Sunday mornings during basketball season, students would often challenge the Brothers to a basketball game in the gym. Brother Eldon recalls on one occasion, how the Brothers were short one player and asked him to join their team. “‘A.J., you’d make a good Brother, why don’t you join our team?’” On the surface, this seemed like a simple request, but it had a profound impact on his future. “I began to really consider the possibility of becoming a Brother. I prayed and asked God to guide me,” he added.

75

Years of Service

Two years after graduation, Brother Eldon decided to give it a chance and left for Metuchen, New Jersey to enter formation with the Brothers. “What I saw and what I experienced with the Brothers in my three years at Catholic High, I had nothing to lose. I thought I’d like to teach and be around young people.” Initially, Brother Eldon decided to give it a try for three months. Those three, turned into another three which turned into another three, and now, 75 years later, he is celebrating his jubilee anniversary as a Brother of the Sacred Heart. “I was only 17 when I went to Metuchen,” recalled Brother Eldon. “As I look back over 75 years, I am so grateful for the support I’ve gotten over these years from the Brothers and everyone. God called me to this life and I am truly blessed.”

1941 First Vows

1958 Sacred Heart Juniorate Daphne, Alabama

1942 St. Joseph’s High Metuchen, New Jersey

1958 St. Stanislaus Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

1943 Coindre Hall Long Island, New York

1959 Catholic High School Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1944 St. Stanislaus Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

1963 Ascension Catholic High Donaldsonville, Louisiana

1945 D’Evereux Hall Natchez, Mississippi

1968 Catholic High School Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1946 St. Stanislaus Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

1973 Bishop Dunne High School Dallas, Texas

1947 St. Aloysius New Orleans, Louisiana

1974 Catholic High School Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1949 Sacred Heart Juniorate Daphne, Alabama

1977 St. Stanislaus Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

1950 Coindre Hall Long Island, New York

1980 Vandebilt Houma, Louisiana

1951 St. Joseph’s High Metuchen, New Jersey

1988 Brother Martin New Orleans, Louisiana

1952 Thibodaux College Thibodaux, Louisiana

1990 E.D. White Thibodaux, Louisiana

1952 St. Aloysius New Orleans, Louisiana

1991 Catholic High School Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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