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the Magazine of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest

2019:The Year of the Lasallian Vocation FALL 2018


A Letter from the Superior General 6

Christian Brothers of the Midwest

7650 S. County Line Rd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 (630) 323 - 3725

Brother Larry Schatz, FSC Visitor/Provincial Brother Bede Baldry, FSC Auxiliary Visitor Brother Michael Kadow, FSC Auxiliary Visitor

A Reflection of my Time as Visitor

Brother Joseph Saurbier, FSC Director of Administration and Operations


Anthony Chimera Director of Development

Mission Congress 12

Formation For Mission 16

Dr. Scott Kier, Ed.D. Superintendent of Lasallian Education

Paula Noreiko Administrative Assistant Brother Thomas Dominic Vance, FSC Development Associate Alexander Vasiliades Communications Manager Samantha VenHuizen Associate Director of Development Joanna Wagner Assistant Director of Development

My Co-Worker, Blessed Br. James A. Miller, FSC 20

Around the District 28

In Memoriam On the Front


Kelly McConnaughey helping students at De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana




ear Readers,

In the next few months, Lasallians all over the world will begin celebrating the Year of Lasallian Vocations, which marks the 300th anniversary of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s entry into eternal life and celebrates the impact of the mission he started. The pope has also has declared 2019 as a Jubilee Year. This will give Lasallians an opportunity to express their faith through actions that are embedded in our traditions and mission. With much to celebrate in 2019, it’s important to reflect on our past and how we’ve gotten to where we are today. This issue of Faith & Zeal does just that. Inside you’ll find a reflection about his time as Visitor from Brother Larry Schatz, who will complete his final term this coming June. You’ll also be take a step back in time with an essay from Brother Paul Joslin, who recounts his time spent in Guatemala with Brother James Miller, whose cause for beatification is set to be approved by Pope Francis any day now. It is certainly an exciting time for Lasallians and a time to be thankful for all who have served and continue to serve the mission of our Founder. So, thank you and enjoy this issue! Live Jesus in Our Hearts – Forever!

Alex Vasiliades, Editor





will never forget the phone call. It was an October morning and I was sitting in my office, when I got a call from Bob Schieler. At that time, Brother Robert Schieler, now Superior General, was serving as a General Councilor. He informed me that I was appointed the next Visitor of the Midwest District. Now of course, I knew that this was a possibility, since I was one of three candidates whose names were sent to Rome. However, to hear those words was almost surreal. I remember hanging up, going outside, and walking around the parking lot of the District Office---I was serving as Auxiliary Visitor at the time---and just trying to wrap my head around this new reality. And I recall distinctly thinking about when I first joined the Brothers and met Brother Cyril Litecky, then Visitor of the Winona District, and observed the respect and deference the Brothers had for him. At that moment I was very grateful that I had several months to get used to the idea that I would soon be in that role myself. And part of me was saying, “Does the Institute realize what it’s done? That I am no more qualified to be Visitor than the next guy? That deep down, I have no clue?” That was 2010. Fast forward to 2018. I can hardly believe eight years have come and gone, and I am now preparing for the next chapter of my life. In so many ways, my two terms as Visitor have flown by. I guess that’s a good thing, because there are days and even weeks when the many tasks and meetings and travels can be formidable and exhausting. But it’s also true that after a couple years, the annual rhythm of the role is pretty predictable and therefore somewhat manageable. While I haven’t learned to bilocate, I have learned to prioritize where to be and how to maximize my time in any one place. The Rule of the Brothers is clear on the role of the Visitor: 9.11 The Brother Visitor is the guarantor of the unity and vitality of the District. He is the one primarily responsible for the District and is its principal animator.


That in itself is a rather daunting job description. There are three distinct roles identified, without any specifics on how to accomplish those. And I think that’s where the individual personality of each Visitor plays a key role. Each of us is simply a blend of all those personality traits that make us who we are, and because of that we each have certain strengths and certain weaknesses. The key is to then surround yourself with people who can compensate for what you don’t do well. In that, I am truly blessed with our District leadership team and staff. The Rule goes on to say: Brother Visitor is at the service of his Brothers, ready to listen to them and remaining in contact with them. He is careful to help each Brother to develop his vocation. This passage is a good reminder that the primary responsibility of the Visitor is to the Brothers that he serves. The challenge is that today many of our Partners also describe the Visitor as “their” Visitor. And then there are over 20 ministries, ranging from retreat centers to universities to publishing houses, not to mention the many schools that are part of the District. In a lot of ways, the real job of the Visitor is to be both an effective pastor and manager. Naturally, every Visitor has to figure out how to balance those two often very different roles. When I began as Visitor, I laid out a three-fold vision: vocation, vitality, and viability. And I really have tried to stay true to that triple focus. I attempted to give special emphasis to vocation, and specifically, the Brother vocation and I believed that if we could---with the aid of the Holy Spirit and some dedicated Brothers--actually have some young men join our ranks, then in many ways, vitality will be a by-product. I think that that has happened; I see more hope in the Brothers as young men take vows and move into our communities and ministries.

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A Reflection of my Time as Visitor

“ I am proud of what

we, all of us together, have been able to accomplish.”


And I’m especially pleased that so many of our current young Brothers are catechists. What a gift to the Church and to the students that they serve. Vitality has also been a focus as we have strived to engage communities though the CAP (Community Annual Plan) to both center upon the annual Institute theme as well as to make it more than simply figuring out schedules and duties. I’m gratified that so many communities have taken the CAP process seriously. We have such a variety of communities in the District, and the constant challenge is to re-form and re-energize communities, especially those that include Lasallian Volunteers and Brothers in initial formation. A healthy dynamic community as well as accompaniment is key to a life-giving experience, “together and by association.” Viability is an ongoing challenge as we face the growing reality of fewer and fewer employed Brothers and the need to expand our development efforts. Add to that dwindling enrollments in several of our educational centers and a growing need for financial assistance for so many of our students. The fact that students need financial aid tells us we are serving the type of students that need us, and as Lasallians, that is an integral part of our mission. But that has to be weighed against the sustainability of each ministry and its capacity to raise the funds necessary to keep the doors open. As Visitor I am an ex officio member of our three universities, which now serve over half of the students in the District. I am impressed both with the dedication of my fellow trustees and the administration of each university, as well as their complexity, but that has been a huge commitment. This year I’m on my third presidential search committee in as many years ---a very important but also very time-consuming task. Again, I want to emphasize that I am surrounded in the office with a dedicated and enjoyable group


of colleagues, who on so many levels strive to both be of service as well as coordinate a myriad of tasks and responsibilities, including representing the District on many boards and committees. I’m especially proud and happy that we now have a full-time Young Lasallian Coordinator in the office. Regrets? Of course. There are definitely things I would do differently if I had the chance to rewind. That said, I am proud of what we---all of us together---have been able to accomplish. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to represent the Religious Brothers’ voice and presence to the larger Church, specifically through my involvement in the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. And I must say that having a specific end-date for my time as Visitor is a good thing. It helps me devote the necessary time and energy to the many things that I am part of, with the knowledge that this is not “forever.” Finally, I am grateful for the many Brothers who ask me during their personal interview time how I’m doing and if I’m taking time for myself. I always appreciate that, and I assure them that I do take time here and there to get reinvigorated, because I know that if I don’t remain prayerful and healthy I cannot serve them well. When I conclude my second term as Visitor on June 30, 2019, I will have been in District service for twelve years. As Scripture says so well: “There is a time for every purpose under heaven.” It is definitely time to move on and look ahead to what ‘s next. I hope that whatever it is, it puts me back in touch with young people; I have missed my daily contact with them. I’ll close with the words of Dag Hammarskjold: “For all that has been---thanks! For all that is to come---yes!”



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This past July, Lewis University hosted the Midwest District’s Lasallian Mission Congress III. The Mission Congress is an opportunity for delegates from all ministries in the District, together with the District Council and the Lasallian Mission Council, to come together to create the strategic direction for the District. As Brother Larry Schatz will conclude his term as Visitor in July 2019, this year’s Mission Congress will provide guidance to the new Visitor and his team on the voice of the direction of the District. The fifty-two delegates, were welcomed by Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General, Dr. David Livingston, President of Lewis University,

Brother Larry Schatz, Visitor, Dr. Sue Skinner, Chair of Lasallian Mission Council, Dr. Scott Kier, Superintendent of Lasallian Education and Charlie Legendre, AFSC, who served as the Facilitator of the Congress. Brother Tim Coldwell, RELAN General Councilor, provided a keynote to the delegates, about the “Lasallian movement because it captures the dynamism of what we are living… The Brothers and the District used to be more or less synonymous; now, the District is everyone contributing to this mission. It’s encouraging and challenging at the same time.”


E arlier this year, the Midwest District launched

an online formation program for every ministry throughout the District. The creation of the online formation program came from the need to be intentional about the development of Lasallian culture. But even more than that, we consider our schools and spirituality centers ministries. That means, for us, that we engage the whole child: academically, socially, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is difficult to ask students to take a journey into their intellect and their heart if the adult guides have not done that for themselves. The online formation program, then, is a reaches out to all who work with students and invites them to take a journey into their own minds and hearts - to the central core of their own purpose in life. Lasallian Schools exist in nearly 80 different countries and when you walk into a Lasallian School you can feel it in your bones, see it in the students, on the walls, and especially in the relationships that exist among faculty and staff and between adults and students. How is culture developed? We believe it happens intentionally. Formation is the tool we use to generate the culture we expect to be embedded in the structures of the school, spirituality center, or any other institution that claims the name Lasallian. Our hope is that the invitation to participate will be inclusive. That is, no matter what faith or our doubt, this material will encourage reflection within our own context and stimulate a desire to go deeper into our own purpose. We also hope that all of the ministries in the Midwest region - elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, spirituality centers, and universities will move through the program together. If we are studying the same material, we can build a stronger network. We will be talking the same language, sharing the same philosophy, living our spiritual roots, and building an alumni base that has deep understanding of our shared mission.


Life is a journey. Looking at our own purpose and how we live it into the world is important. We invite all Lasallians to be serious and intentional about that journey.

Formation For Mission


F I N D U S. F O L L O W U S.




All Souls Day

Dear Friends,

On All Souls Day, November 2, and throughout the month of November, the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Midwest District will remember the intentions of our alumni and friends in a special way in our prayers.

As we join in prayer together, with you and for you, our call to be “Together and By Association� takes on special meaning. I invite you to list your intentions on the provided envelope and return this envelope to me. This is our gift to you.


Brother Larry Schatz, FSC Provincial/Brother Visitor

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen


My co-worker, Blessed Brother James A. Miller, FSC By: Brother Paul Joslin, FSC

“What are

you going to do about it?”

was a very serious question posed to me by my co-worker Brother James (Santiago) A. Miller, FSC, on February 10, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, at the conclusion of an extremely important meeting.


Brother James was beginning his second year in Guatemala after having spent ten years in Nicaragua. We were the staff members at the Casa Indígena De La Salle, a residence for indigenous students. Five other De La Salle Brothers resided in a house next to another educational institution, Colegio De La Salle, one kilometer from the “Casa.” We formed one religious community with two residences and two different institutions. Four of us were from the USA and three were Guatemalans. All of us were administrators and/or teachers in Colegio De La Salle – Huehuetenango.

The city of Huehuetenango was completely surrounded by indigenous villages without the availability of secondary education. Motivated by the Medellín Bishops’ Conference, the De La Salle Christian Brothers made an important decision to begin a scholarship program for indigenous youth from the area surrounding Huehuetenango providing them with much needed scholarships and a place to live while finishing their secondary degrees. Once graduated from secondary school, these young men were then automatically eligible to continue on to university level.

In 1968 the Latin American Bishops met in Medellín, Colombia. One result of this meeting was to challenge all pastoral agents throughout Latin America to “give preferential option for the poor.”

Most of these students were the first ones in their families to have the opportunity to finish high school. At this time university education for local indigenous people was almost unheard of.

By 1982 the Casa Indígena program had grown to 150 borders through the generosity of benefactors from throughout the world. The scholarship recipients integrated into the already existing secondary school program at nearby Colegio De La Salle. By 1982 several had already gone on to complete university studies. We seven brothers typically ate lunch calmly together at 1:30PM before getting ready for afternoon and/or evening teaching and other duties. This particular day, however, turned out to be anything but typical. Everildo, one of the three Guatemalan brothers, mentioned that Señor García (not his real name) wanted to speak with one of us in his home as soon as possible. Señor Garcia’s own son was a Brother teaching in the opposite end of Guatemala. Since Everildo was free that afternoon, he volunteered to represent us. Señor García was about to retire from the Border Patrol and was very concerned about us. His office was on the local army base. Consequently, he gave us very reliable information. At dinner time that same evening, we were stunned to hear the distressing message Everildo received from Señor García. Members of the G-2 (death squad) were looking for the “sub-director” of De La Salle. Why? We asked ourselves. Immediately after dinner, we continued the conversation in the community living room. Of all the endless meetings I have ever attended, this one without a doubt turned out to be the most memorable, prayerful, and fraternal. There were no “hidden agendas.” We were sincerely concerned for the well-being of each other. The basic confusion centered on trying to answer the question of who was being targeted. Three of us had the title of “sub-director” (James for the Casa Indígena; Gustavo and I for Colegio De La Salle). Which one of us was it? And why? On Sunday January 30, recently arrived student from the Casa Indígena was spending some free time in the local market in front of the “Casa.”

Unbeknownst to him oftentimes the army “recruited” indigenous youth, in particular, during Sunday market days. Soldiers would simply approach a young male and kidnap him. The soldiers grabbed him from behind and lifted him into a truck destined for the nearby army base. In theory, students were exempt from the military. In such situations, I would go to the army base with legal documents indicating that the “inductee” was officially enrolled as a student at Colegio De La Salle. Sometimes the student was let free immediately. At other times, though, the young men were detained until the “dust settled” and the documents were validated. When Epifaneo was not released, I returned to the army base not only once but twice more asking for his release. In other words, I became very present to the military authorities at this time. As a result, the community consensus was that it was I who was being talked about by members of the G-2. At any rate, during this very important meeting we each had the opportunity to discuss if we: 1) wanted to remain at Colegio De La Salle – Huehuetenango; 2) prefered to move to a school in another part of Guatemala; 3) wanted to leave the country. Everyone took time to reflect before saying that individually and collectively we wanted to stay in Huehuetenango for as long as possible. This turned out to be a very prayerful decision. For security purposes, Señor García told us to remain inside for the time being and if need be make sure that we were accompanied by someone. At the end of this very tense meeting, James approached me and said: “What are you going to do about it”? Spontaneously I answered that I know what I am NOT going to do and that is return to the army base. The head of the Christian Children’s Fund for Guatemala was coming to a meeting in Huehuetenango the following day at the “Casa.” Would she use her “influence” to get Epifaneo released? Yes.


Saturday morning, February 13, James let me know that he would be accompanying a group of students on a picnic to celebrate the “día de cariño” or friendship day, which was the following day on Sunday. We Brothers were in constant communication with each other in light of the February 10th community meeting. Later that day James planned to repair a wall outside the Casa Indígena. In addition to teaching and helping to direct the farming program in the afternoons for the indigenous students at the Casa, “Hermano Santiago” generously volunteered to take care of the endless maintenance of the Casa Indígena, which was a former Catholic school damaged in the ’76 earthquake. Saturday afternoon, February 13, I was at the Brothers’ residence next to Colegio De La Salle when all of a sudden there was pounding on the door. It was “Miguel,” a student from the Casa Indígena, who breathlessly told me that Hermano Santiago (Brother James) had been killed. NO. This simply is not possible was my first reaction. I erroneously thought that Miguel did not know what he was talking about. Maybe Hermano Santiago was shot but certainly not killed.


Immediately I jumped onto a bicycle and raced the one seemingly endless kilometer to the Casa. It was broad daylight about 4:15PM one block from the cathedral on a crowded shopping street. When I arrived, Jim was lying still on the pavement with several bullet casings around him. A local police officer was present and would not allow me to touch him. However, I managed to pick up the cap that he had been wearing and ran my finger around the inside perimeter. It was still full of sweat as if he were still alive. Initially I was too stunned to move but after about thirty minutes, I knew that I had to attempt to make funeral arrangements in my role as president of the small group of fifteen Brothers throughout Guatemala. The law in Guatemala was that the deceased had to be buried within twenty-four hours.

Frantically I tried to contact major superiors in the USA. Finally, Brother James’s provincial, Brother Cyril Litecky, providentially answered the phone. There was incredulity and shock like I have never experienced. Unfortunately, Señor García’s information was accurate. The decision to stay that we made at the community meeting on Wednesday turned out to be a tragic choice. In retrospect, we now know we were being watched. When I got a brief opportunity to speak with Bishop Martínez of Huehuetenango on Sunday after Brother James’s funeral Mass, he seemed to think that the rumors were about sub-director Brother Gustavo – a prolific writer and eloquent advocate for promoting human rights. Gustavo’s own blood brother had been disappeared several months previously and never located. Since Mr. Miller, James’s father, was on dialysis, the family wanted Jim’s body returned to Ellis, Wisconsin near Stevens Point. His grave is in a cemetery at the base of the Miller Family dairy farm in Ellis. Brother James was one of over 200,000 innocent victims in Guatemala’s civil war. In his eulogy, Bishop Freking (Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin) said that: “I see in Brother James’s death the witness of Christ’s love, a witness to the dignity of the human person, and the right to freedom and justice that should be all of ours…Today we need to take a stand on these rights, especially of the poor. Thank God there are people like Brother James to do that.” In closing, I think that it is appropriate to recall the eloquent insight and challenge, too, of Archbishop Roach, who in 1982 as President of the USA Bishops’ Conference said that Brother James “took young people from the hills that had no chance and gave them a combination of hope and life.” Today, may we also imitate Brother James Miller (Hermano Santiago) by giving the neediest in our midst “hope and life.”

Photo Courtesy of La Salle Retreat Center


A Tradition of Giving

“I give because I know that’s what my father would want. My dad grew up with nothing and attending a Brothers school changed his life. He would always say that if it wasn’t for the Brothers he didn’t know where he would have ended up. The Brothers have also made an impact in my life. As a graduate of a Christian Brothers school, the values that the Brothers instilled will stay with me forever. Generations of our family have been helped by the Brothers and for that we are eternally grateful.” - John Hennessy


Of all the wonderful traditions associated with the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, we are grateful for the tradition of charitable support from our alumni, friends, and family. For nearly 300 years, it is this very tradition of giving that has enabled the De La Salle Christian Brothers to continue the mission of our founder, to work together and in association to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor. This tradition of giving provides an opportunity to not only support the good works of the Brothers but it also allows families to leave behind a legacy that will last beyond a lifetime. Make the traditions of the Brothers one of your own. There are many ways you can get involved and make a gift to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. You can designate your gift to support: Senior Brothers as they continue their vocation during retirement. Lasallian Education to ensure that a Lasallian education is available to all students. Formation of our Lasallian Partners as they grow in their understanding of, and commitment to, our shared Mission. Vocation Ministry to sponsor our Novices, Postulants, and Contacts in their formation as De La Salle Christian Brothers. For more information on how you can give, please contact Anthony Chimera at (630) 323-3725, ext. 211. 21

Midwest District Office Named the Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara Provincialate Center On August 24, the Midwest District Provincialate was

dedicated as the Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara Provincialate Center. Brother Larry Schatz, Provincial and Visitor of the Midwest District, welcomed Brothers, guests, and staff to the Burr Ridge, IL, office for the dedication ceremony. Ms. Betty Kabara and several of her family and friends were in attendance. Brother Tom Johnson, De La Salle Novitiate Director, offered the opening prayer followed by remarks from Brother Larry and Ms. Kabara. Brother Larry revealed a bronze plaque with an embossed image of Ms. Kabara and her late husband, Jon, which is set to be adhered to the entrance of the building. During his remarks, Brother Larry expressed his profound appreciation for Ms. Kabara’s continued support and commitment to the Brothers. “Betty and Jon have been so gracious to the Brothers, and we are very grateful that Betty has made sure that her late husband Jon’s priorities will continue to be honored through this generous gift. What a blessing for the Midwest District and our Brothers and Lasallian Partners.” The dedication was to commemorate a $1 million gift from Ms. Kabara. The majority of the gift, the largest ever by a living individual to the Midwest District, has endowed her gift to the Kabara Challenge, an annual matching gift challenge to support care of Senior Brothers. In making the gift, Ms. Kabara remarked, “This gift is to honor the Brothers who do so much for so many. My late husband, Dr. Jon Kabara, attended both high school and college sponsored by the Brothers and held them in the highest regard. I hope everyone will continue to support the Challenge each year, and the Senior Brothers.”

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Pictured L-R: Brothers Michael Fehrenbach, Armand Alcazar, Bede Baldry, Joseph Saurbier, Thomas Johnson, Larry Schatz, Ms. Betty Kabara, Brothers Robert Smith, Michael Kadow, and Rob Veselsky

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Around the District Nine Jubilarians Honored this Year

This year the Midwest District honored nine Brothers for their years of service The celebration took place on July 21st at Lewis University. The jubilarians are the following: 70 Years – Brother Frederick Oberrieder; 60 Years – Brothers Neil Kieffe, Frederick Dillenburg, Thomas Geraghty, Kevin Brutcher and Leo Jones; 50 Years – Brothers Robert Werle, Philip Jones, and Paul Ackerman.

Four Brothers Professed Their Vows

On July 21st three Brother Novices professed their first vows for one year: Brothers Dylan Perry, Mark Engelmeyer and Matthew Kotek. Brothers Mark and Matthew have been assigned to teach at CBHS in Memphis for the coming year, and Brother Dylan will teach at DeLaSalle H.S. in Minneapolis. Brother Martin Montoya professed his perpetual vows. He will continue to serve at Lewis University where he is the Director of the International Lasallian Institute for Sustainability.

International Symposium Drew Lasallians from Eleven Countries

Educators from across the world gathered to discuss research in crucial areas as part of the seventh annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research on September 21-23. Held annually at the SMUMN Twin Cities campus and co-sponsored by Christian Brothers Conference, the symposium involved 126 professors, administrators, researchers, and students from eleven countries. Three keynote presenters were featured at the symposium: Brother Louis DeThomasis, President Emeritus of Saint Mary’s University, Carmelita Quebengco, AFSC, Ph.D., consultant to the president and chancellor emeritus at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, and Brother Cristhian Diaz, Ed.D. ’18, Principal of the Normal School in Gigante, Huila, Colombia. Participants also heard from other researchers during breakout sessions and panel discussions centered around four themes: innovation in education; environment and sustainability; food, nutrition, and health; and health care. 22 24

Around the District

Lewis University Dedicated New Student Center On September 27th Lewis University dedicated its new aviation-inspired Brother James Gaffney, FSC, Student Center, named after its President Emeritus. Lewis President, Dr. David Livingston, recalled the many contributions Brother James made to the university and called him “a man great character.” The ceremony included a blessing with holy water and a ribbon cutting which involved students, staff, faculty, donors and Trustees. The building’s metal roof features an exposed grid evocative of an aircraft’s internal structure. The roof is supported by tapering exterior columns reminiscent of wing struts, and a glassy, two-anda-half-story central atrium suspends a vintage airplane from its ceiling. The plane is an aerobatic kit airplane built in 1980 and donated in the 1990s by retired Chicago Channel 7 TV news reporter, Joel Daley. The Center is a 26,000 square foot structure with meeting rooms for student organizations, a 24-hour convenience store and café, outdoor terraces, and a game room. The design features a communal dining room as well as private dining spaces.

Christian Brothers Services Provided an Endowment

Celebrating the fruits of his vision and dedication, Christian Brothers Services (CBS) honored its founder, Brother Joel Damian Wilhelm with an endowment to Lewis University. This gift will recognize his contributions that will serve well into the future with the “Brother Joel Damian, FSC, Business Plan Competition.” The endowment will offer a platform that fosters entrepreneurial thinking and transforms thoughts into reality, better preparing students to compete in today’s global world. 23 25

Around the District New Executive Director Named at San Miguel School Chicago

San Miguel School Chicago has announced the appointment of Eric Serrano as the school’s new executive director. Eric has served at San Miguel School for seventeen years. He was first hired as a counselor to help students and families cope with trauma stemming from the violence in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Eric also led the graduate support, family support and the athletic programs along with playing a key role in opening the new community center. He was born and raised in the Back of the Yards, giving him a unique understanding of the challenges the community faces.


Bethlehem University Launched New Project

Bethlehem University launched the John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall project which will house the Tarek Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences. Master of the Ceremonies, Dr. Irene Hazou, Academic Vice President, welcomed the guests. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, thanked the donors who contributed to the project. He was delighted that the project was moving forward which showed the commitment Bethlehem University has to serve the Palestinian people through education. Mrs. Mariam Awad, Dean of the Tarek Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, described the facilities that will benefit the students and the university in general. The new building will house additional classrooms and a simulation lab which will enable students to train on computerized dolls. The lab carries the name of the Palestinian businessman, Mr. Samir Aweidah, who contributed generously to the establishment of the unique laboratory in Palestine.

Around the District


Cindy Reif

joined the Midwest District Office on May 21 as the Accounting Clerk. Previously, Cindy was an accountant at NICOR for five years and a senior financial analyst at Aon Insurance for ten years. She worked as a senior budget analyst and later as budget director at Pillars Community Health for the past eighteen years. Cindy holds a BA in accounting from Western Illinois University


Anthony Chimera

joined the Midwest District Office on July 10 as the Director of Development. He brings extensive advancement and Lasallian experience from his sixteen years as a member of the Development Team at De La Salle Institute. Most recently, Anthony served as President and CEO at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. He holds a BA in business administration from U of I Chicago, an MBA from Dominican University, and is also a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Institute.


Abby Michels

joined the Midwest District Office on August 1 as the full-time Young Lasallian Coordinator. Abby is a 2015 graduate of Lewis University. After college she served as a Lasallian Volunteer for two years, at De La Salle Academy in Concord, CA. This past year she served at the Catalyst Circle Rock School in Chicago.

Let Us Remember Book was Released

Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God is now available. This first publication of the Lasallian Publications Committee (LPC) features a compilation of fiftytwo stories that show different ways people experience the presence of God among the details of Lasallian life. The book is available from Saint Mary’s Press.


Brother Charles Kelly, FSC


You can read Charlie’s tour of duty for yourself. You can see he has served in many schools. He would always joke about his own academic preparation. Many of the Brothers major in one specific field and teach in that field for the rest of their careers. Charlie must have majored in something, but to hear him tell the story he took lots of different courses and ended up being a “jack of all trades”. Principals would count on him to fill the gaps in the schedule.

Of course, after the classroom Charlie spent many years in retreat ministry, first at Plano and then at Dunrovin. Imagine the thousands of lives he was able to touch over the years with his creativity and dedication. But there was no doubting the advance of age these past few years. Charlie remained in good cheer and never complained, even though he did not have the stamina he had enjoyed for so long.


Our faith helps us give this story a happy ending. Actually, it’s not an ending as much as it’s a happy continuation into the next chapter. In his eternal life Charlie has been given renewed strength. He’s back to that handsome and healthy middle-aged fellow that we all know.

Brother Stephen Eibert, FSC


Steve often hid his appreciation of learning by use of his poker face. During many community meetings he’d sit with his eyes closed. But, if you watched closely, you could see eyebrows raised, a smile or a frown, or eyes that popped wide open. I believe Steve was often more aware then we would give him credit for being.

Stephen had a soft heart, even a reverence for, our men and women in the armed services. It was his most common petition at Mass and remembrance at our community prayer, especially for those fighting in wars overseas.

The Brothers community attested to Steve’s acceptance of his final breath much in the same way that he accepted his retirement from teaching and another wild bid from Br. Robert at the bridge table. In the end, his life resembles some of the final words of our founder: “I adore in everything the will of God in my regard. May His love bless and defend me all the days of my life.”


Introducing FLAT FOUNDER! What better way to celebrate the Year of Lasallian Vocations and remember that “you are in the holy presence of God” than to travel with a portable St. John Baptist de La Salle? Similar to Flat Stanley and Flat Francis, our Flat Founder is a light companion that you can take with you on your Lasallian travels. Heading to Rome? Visiting a Lasallian School in New York? Attending a Lasallian Conference? Bring Flat Founder along and snap a photo! Post your photos online using the hashtag #flatfounder. Don’t have social media? E-mail your photos to Abby Michels at younglasallians@cbmidwest.org. Special thank you to Brother Patrick Martin, FSC, the creator of Flat Founder!



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De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Midwest

Remember & Honor Those Special to You Remember your relatives and friends, both living and deceased with the St. La Salle Auxiliary and Memorial. Those enrolled share in the daily prayers & good works of the Christian Brothers and their lay partners. Auxiliary & Memorial products are available at no initial cost to you. At the time of use, there is a suggested offering to help cover the cost of shipping/handling. Offerings can be ordered online at www.cbmidwest.org, by mail, or over the phone. To request a brochure detailing all of our offerings, please call (630) 323-3725.

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Faith & Zeal Fall 2018  

Faith & Zeal Fall 2018