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De La Salle Christian Brothers at Lewis University

De La Salle Statue

Lewis University is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, an international Roman Catholic congregation of Brothers dedicated to education and founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of educators. De La Salle transformed education by developing “a spirituality of teaching and learning” and opening his schools to students regardless of social class, particularly the poor and the underserved. Today, the Brothers work together with 84,000 men and women teachers and numerous lay partners in sponsoring 1,000 educational centers in 80 countries throughout the world as part of the Lasallian network. There are nearly 100 schools and ministries throughout the United States and Canada.


Signum Fidei

In 1960, the Brothers of the Christian Schools assumed the administration of Lewis College and became the sponsors, at the invitation of Bishop Martin D. McNamara of the Diocese of Joliet. Continuing the vision of their founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, they brought a new tradition of Lasallian values to an active partnership with the dedicated faculty, staff and administrators already on campus.

The first group of seven founding Brothers combined their enthusiastic efforts at Lewis with those of their colleagues, forming a strong Lasallian partnership and inaugurating a comprehensive program of improvements. Among these initiatives were securing nationally-recognized accreditation and construction of new facilities which led to significant growth. Since those beginnings, more than 110 Brothers have served the students at Lewis University at various times during the past 55 years.

Today under the leadership of Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, 22 Christian Brothers serve the University in positions such as professors, administrators, librarians, counselors, university ministers, and archivists. In addition, eight are members of the University’s Board of Trustees. The Brothers continue to dedicate themselves to all aspects of university life, thus enhancing the overall quality and the commitment to fidelity, service and social justice.

The Official Name

The official name of the Brothers’ Congregation is the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. To retain the connection with their founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Brothers call themselves De La Salle Christian Brothers in ordinary conversation. The initials FSC, for Fratres Scholarum Christianarum, the Latin name of the congregation, are placed at the end of each Brother’s name. Pope Benedict XIII granted approval of the Institute in 1725. However, the educational mission of the Brothers began 335 years ago when De La Salle formed a community of dedicated teachers to provide a human and Christian education to young people, especially the poor and the disadvantaged. He also encouraged spirituality, centered on mission, and promoted teaching as a vocation, oriented to the students’ overall development. The Brothers have been transforming lives through Lasallian education since 1680, and, for most of those years, as partners with their dedicated Lasallian Associates.

Christian Brothers at Lewis University

Br. Armand Alcazar, FSC
Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC

is beginning his ninth year at Lewis. A Professor of Theology, he earned his B.A. in Theology from Christian Brothers University, an M.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.A. from Seattle University, an M.A. from Holy Names College, and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute. His area of specialization is Spirituality and he gives retreats and speaks to various groups and faculties concerning the Lasallian Tradition, real-life spirituality, the Catholic Intellectual tradition and other topics. For the last number of years, Brother Armand has been a regular presenter at the “Educators’ Summit,” a regional gathering of high school theology teachers from around the country, and Exploring Lasallian Mission (ELM) at Lewis University. His leisurely interests include singing, golf, cooking, learning Spanish and travel. During the Spring semester in 2016, Brother Armand will be on sabbatical in order to film oral histories of the Brothers.

Br. Tom Dupre, FSC
Brother Thomas Dupré, FSC

is an Associate Professor in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department. He holds a B.A. from Christian Brothers University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Brother Thomas was born in Evanston, Ill., and has taught at Lewis for 31 years. A consistent advocate for social justice, he is active in the University’s Catholic Relief Service Corps Ambassadors program which is committed to assisting the poor and vulnerable by promoting social justice and peace. Among many other initiatives, CRSC Ambassadors regularly write letters that ask for peaceful and just action to assist victims of injustice. Reading, camping, and working with CRSC are among his interests.

Br. Brian Dybowski, FSC
Brother Brian Dybowski, FSC

began teaching at Lewis University-Albuquerque in the Fall of 2009 after 44 years of teaching and administration at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. He has applied his earned doctorates in Philosophy and Psychology to teach both subjects. Brother Brian earlier established a Psychology program and taught in the Philosophy program at the College of Santa Fe. He also initiated the Santa Fe Institute for Spirituality, which continues to this day, offering summer and year-long courses on the Church Fathers (St. Augustine, St. Thomas, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, etc.) and other spiritual masters, mostly, but not exclusively Catholic.

Br. Michael Fehrenbach, FSC
Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC

Liaison for Catholic and Lasallian Schools, he began his career teaching high school English before becoming a vocation counselor for the St. Louis Province of Christian Brothers. He later moved to Kansas City, where he was a counselor in an alternative school for court-adjudicated adolescents and adults. From 1980-1995, he worked for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri in positions including Director of the Office of Peace and Justice. In 1995, Brother Michael was named Assistant Provincial when the new Midwest Region of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers was formed, helping to develop regional staff formation programs to deepen sensitivity for the Lasallian tradition and Mission among faculties and boards. He was instrumental in establishing the San Miguel Schools in the Midwest District and served on the first Board of Directors for San Miguel Schools, Chicago. He also assisted in the design and implementation of Catalyst Schools (three Chicago Public Schools Charter Schools established in the Lasallian tradition) where he recently completed a lengthy term as Director of Culture and Values.

Br. Christopher Ford, FSC
Brother Christopher Ford, FSC

a 1989 Lewis alumnus, works in the Writing Center, tutoring and mentoring students. He has earned a B.A. from Divine Word College, a second B.A. from Lewis University, and an M.A. from Saint Louis University. He is A.B.D. for a doctorate in rhetoric and professional communication from New Mexico State University. As a scholar, Brother Chris is interested in exploring the intersection of scientific and religious discourses, as well as emerging rhetorical issues in popular culture.

Br. James Gaffney, FSC
Brother James Gaffney, FSC

President of Lewis University since 1988, he has announced his decision to retire from the presidency as of June 30, 2016, after more than 28 years of service. He has been part of the University community since the early 1970s as a faculty member, Provincial for the Christian Brothers who sponsor Lewis University, chair of the Board of Trustees for ten years, and President. During his years as President, the University has undergone a remarkable transformation, achieved national ranking for various educational programs; added dozens of programs – both graduate and undergraduate – including two doctoral degrees; significantly expanded the main campus in Romeoville and established sites in the Chicagoland area and in Albuquerque, New Mexico; more than tripled the enrollment with the number of students rising to nearly 7,000; infused the Catholic and Lasallian Mission into all aspects of University life; and built a spirit of Association among faculty, staff and administrators that has helped to develop a collaborative approach in all teaching, learning and service undertakings.

Former Chair of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, Brother James has served on several dozen boards and currently chairs the Lasallian Association of College and University Presidents, the Community Foundation of Will County and Illinois Justice Project. He has received many honors for his leadership, including the Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice Medallion from the Vatican, numerous honorary degrees, and various community accolades. A native Chicagoan, Brother James holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, an M.A. from Manhattan College, and a D.Min. in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. In his leisure time, Brother James reads extensively; attends classical concerts, operas and theatrical performances; and enjoys travel, urban architecture and interacting with people of diverse cultures.

Br. Dennis Galvin, FSC
Brother Dennis Galvin, FSC

joins Lewis University this year after serving most recently as Vice President for Mission at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis. Trained as a spiritual director, he served ten years in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he was Director of the Sangre de Cristo Center which provided a 100 day sabbatical program for priests, sisters, and brothers. He was born in Minneapolis and holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s University in Biology, an M.A. in Education from St. Thomas University, and a M.A. in Theology and Art from United Theological Seminary. Brother Dennis enjoys weaving, working in stained glass, dream and symbol work as well as reading and hiking.

Br. Peter Hannon, FSC
Brother Peter Hannon, FSC

taught Culture and Civilization courses during summer sessions for many years prior to joining the History Department at Lewis in 2012. He currently is an Assistant Professor of History. He has a B.A. from Lewis University, an M.A. from De Paul University in History and an M.A. from Catholic University of America in International Political Science. A native of Chicago, he formerly taught at St. Joseph High School, De La Salle High School in Chicago, and Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis. A talented and avid photographer, Brother Peter has worked with students to establish a Photography Club as a student organization. Among his interests, Brother Peter includes sports, world travel, history and international politics.

Br. Philip Johnson, FSC
Brother Philip Johnson, FSC

returned to Lewis in 2014 after a one-year leave from the University, where he served as Sub-Director of Novices at the Regional Novitiate for the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Napa, California. Previously, he had served as Director of University Ministry at Lewis for ten years, and then taught and served as Coordinator for Special Projects for the Office of Mission & Academic Services during the 2012-2013 academic year. Now a member of the staff in the Office of Mission and Identity, Brother Philip has taught English and English as a Second Language, assisted with Writing Placement, mentored students in the Bridge Program and served as Director of Student Activities. He has been at Lewis University for 26 years. Born in Chicago, he holds a B.A. from Christian Brothers University, and an M.Ed. from Wayne State University. Brother Philip enjoys traveling to warm places with water, reading, and walking.

Br. Leo Jones, FSC
Brother Leo Jones, FSC

a native of Waukon, Iowa, is the Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator of the President’s Student Advisory Council (PSAC) and of the University Policy and Budget Review Advisory Council (UPBRAC). He is known for his three decades of dedicated service and leadership at St. Joseph High School where he was Financial Director and then Principal. His other assignments have included being Director of La Salle Manor in Plano and a staff member at the Retreat House in Kintbury, England. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is now beginning his seventh year at Lewis. In his spare time, Brother Leo enjoys traveling, genealogy and computers.

Brother Paul Joslin, FSC
Brother Paul Joslin, FSC

noted for his extraordinary commitment to the overseas missions, has extensive experience as an administrator and language teacher, both in Central America and in Africa. More recently, he taught foreign languages on the East Coast. Brother Paul came to Lewis in the Fall of 2012 initially for a dual role on campus, teaching Spanish as an Assistant Professor as well as assisting our students as Coordinator of International Student Services. Brother Paul now serves as Coordinator for Latino/a Outreach for the Office of University Ministry and he still teaches Spanish. Brother Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish/Education from La Salle University, an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Millersville State University, and an M.Ed. from St. Peter’s University in New Jersey. His interests include reading, especially biographies; promoting social justice and human rights; learning about the causes of Nobel Peace prize recipients; other cultures, and running marathons.

Br. David Kuebler, FSC
Brother David Kuebler, FSC

a native of Lockport, Ill., is in his seventh year as a Reference Librarian at Lewis University. He earned a B.A. from Christian Brothers University, an M.A. from the University of Memphis, and an M.A.L.S. from Dominican University. His leisure activities...friends.

Br. Joseph Martin, FSC
Brother Joseph Martin, FSC

returned to Lewis University in the summer of 2013 as Coordinator of Special Projects in the Office of the President. He had served as Director of Planning from 1999 to 2002 and as Assistant to the President from 2002-2010 at Lewis before accepting the position of Director of Senior Brothers for the Midwest District. Brother Joseph retains his part-time position as Executive Assistant to the Provincial at the Midwest District Office in Burr Ridge while also continuing at Lewis on a part-time basis as Coordinator of Special Projects. Born and raised in Detroit, Mich., he earned a B.A. from Walsh University, an M.Ed. from St. Michael’s College, an M.A. from Holy Names University, and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Donaldson, Ind. His hobbies include reading, traveling, movies, writing, and generational history.

Br. Raphael Mascari, FSC
Brother Raphael Mascari, FSC

was born in Chicago and has been at Lewis for 44 years. He is an Associate Professor in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department. He holds a B.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an M.A. from St. Louis University. In his leisure time, Brother Raphael enjoys following sports, reading and classical music.

Br. Raymond McManaman, FSC
Brother Raymond McManaman, FSC

one of the seven original Brothers to arrive at Lewis in 1960, is a Professor in the Theology Department. He has served the University for 45 years, except for brief periods when he had leadership and teaching assignments elsewhere. A native of Waukegan, Ill., he obtained a B.A. and an M.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, an M.A. from Seattle University, a D.Min. from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, and an S.T.D. from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Brother Raymond enjoys reading, traveling and following Notre Dame football, the Chicago White Sox, and the Lewis athletic teams, especially the Lewis baseball team.

Br. Donald Mouton, FSC
Brother Donald C. Mouton, FSC

received an honorary doctoral degree in 2009 at Lewis University for his distinguished career at the College of Santa Fe, including a dynamic presidency from 1982 to 1987, and to recognize his success in formation and as a lecturer at the Buttimer Institute and other venues in various parts of the world. A frequent writer on Lasallian Studies, he also served as Visitor of the New Orleans-Santa Fe District from 1990-1996. Brother Donald now is a part-time faculty member at Lewis University-Albuquerque. He also is a faculty member in Religion Studies at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (on the campus of the former College of Santa Fe). A native of Louisiana, he earned a B.A. from the College of Santa Fe and a doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of Paris.

Br. Lawrence Oelschlegel, FSC
Brother Lawrence Oelschlegel, FSC

is a Professor of English who has taught at Lewis for 23 years. Born in Philadelphia, he earned an A.B. from La Salle University, an M.A. from the University of Maryland, an M.A.T. from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Among his other interests, Brother Lawrence enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, traveling, doing research in literature and the Bible, and visiting museums, botanical gardens, and state capitols.

Br. Bernard Rapp, FSC
Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC

a native of St. Louis, Mo., has been serving the Lewis University Community for 42 years. He is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, who taught in the Sciences from 1973 to 2000. He began assisting the late Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, founder of the Archives in 1992, shortly before Brother Ambrose’s retirement when the Archives were named in his honor. Brother Bernard was named University Archivist in 2000 following his retirement from teaching. In documenting and collecting Lewis history, he has consistently conducted oral interviews with alumni, faculty, administrators and staff about earlier years at Lewis. He has collected artifacts, catalogued publications by Lewis writers, and entered thousands of pieces of information and documents into existing and new files to assure that the history of the University will be accessible and viable. Brother Bernard has a B.S. and an M.Ed. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, an M.S. from Loyola University Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Windsor. Brother Bernard’s leisure activities include family history research, and physical exercise.

Br. Pierre St.Raymond, FSC
Brother Pierre St. Raymond, FSC

is a Professor of Chemistry and a native of New Orleans, La. He has taught in the Chemistry Department for 21 years and chaired the department for many years. He also serves as Director of Emerging Scientists in First Year Chemistry, a post that was originated in 2012. Brother Pierre has a B.S. from the College of Santa Fe and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. For his leisure times, Brother Pierre likes to attend current movies.

Br. Gus Sinco, FSC
Brother Gus Sinco, FSC

started his ministry at the La Salle Christian Brothers in Venezuela, working for several years in various high schools as a Religion, Biology, and Chemistry teacher and administrator. In 1994, he was invited to participate in the “100+ program” that encouraged Brothers from all over the world to share the Lasallian mission in a different country. As part of this program, he came to the USA to share the mission of the San Miguel School in Chicago. Brother Gus served at the San Miguel Back of the Yards campus and then became project coordinator for the San Miguel School in the Austin neighborhood. Later, he moved to the Provincial Office of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest as Technology & Communications Coordinator. This year, he will join the staff at Lewis University in the Center for Academic Technology Solutions (CATS) as Academic Technologist. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Brother Gus holds a B.A. from Universidad Javeriana, a B.S. from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and M.S from DePaul University.

Br. Robert Veselsky, FSC
Brother Robert Veselsky, FSC

a Lewis alumnus, returned to his alma mater in 2012 as an Associate, working part-time in University Ministry, encouraging young men and women to consider the “Consecrated Life.” He previously was a staff member at Lewis in University Ministry for nearly ten years in the 1990s, serving as a University Minister for Mission Effectiveness and assisting in Peer Ministry and with freshman students in First Year Experience. Brother Rob formerly was a Director of Campus Ministry at Christian Brothers University. Along with his B.A. in Sociology from Lewis University, he holds a Master’s degree in Religious Education from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota and a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University Chicago. Brother Rob’s leisurely interests include reading ... mostly biographies, long walks, and coffee house chats with friends!

Br. John Vietoris, FSC
Brother John Vietoris, FSC

now in his fourteenth year at Lewis University, is an alumnus of Lewis University and a native of Joliet. An Associate Professor of History and Director of the Culture and Civilization Program, he teaches upper division history courses, ranging from the Civil War to Modern Europe. He holds a B.A. from Lewis, an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. Prior to joining the faculty at Lewis, Brother John taught at St. Paul High School and St. Patrick High School in Chicago. He also served as Assistant Principal at St. Patrick’s and Principal of Pacelli High School in Stevens Point, Wis. Brother John’s personal interests include hiking, reading, travel, classical music and opera.

President Emeritus of Lewis University

Br. Paul French, FSC
Brother Paul French, FSC

President Emeritus of Lewis University, served 40 years as a highly regarded faculty member at Lewis, as an academic administrator in many capacities and as the President who guided the University during the trying times of the late sixties and early seventies. He continued to teach at the Lewis University regional site in Chicago after retiring from Lewis in 2003. Currently, he is in his fifth year of residency at Resurrection Retirement Center. A native of North Dakota, Brother Paul earned his B.A. and M.Ed. degrees at Saint Mary’s College (now University) of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Loyola University. He came to Lewis in 1963 and served as president from 1967-71. Creator of the Culture and Civilization program, he is the only person to be named the Distinguished Senior Professor at Lewis University, recognizing his many years as an extraordinary professor of English. Brother Paul’s interests include opera, theatre, and classical music.

Additional Brothers on Campus

Br. Moses A. Abunya, FSC
Brother Moses A. Abunya, FSC

a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program here at Lewis University, assists in University Ministry and Student Services as he pursues his doctoral degree. Born in Nigeria, he earned an associate degree in Religious Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Education. He also earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Having joined the De La Salle Brothers in 1995, Brother Moses first served as the Vice Rector of the Brothers’ high school seminary and then as Rector for nine years.

B. Jose Martin Montoya Dura, FSC
Brother José Martin Montoya Durà, FSC

has enrolled at Lewis to study in the MBA program with a focus on Human Resource Management. He comes to the United States from Palma de Mallorca in Spain with multiple degrees, including a Doctorate in Education as well as Master’s degrees in Resource Management and Environmental Sciences/Civil Engineering plus a degree in Agricultural Engineering, Mechanisation and Rural Constructions. While studying at Lewis, Brother Martin also will assist with Human Resources and the Department of Biology.

Br. Getachew Alemayehu Nadew, FSC
Brother Getachew Alemayehu Nadew, FSC

currently is studying in the Educational Leadership doctoral program for Teaching and Learning (Ed.D.). Born in Ethiopia, Brother Getachew recently earned a master’s degree from the Educational Leadership program at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. His experience includes serving as principal at a Lasallian school in Africa. Brother Getachew will serve as Coordinator of Special Projects in the College of Education.

Christian Brothers Who Serve as Members of the Lewis University Board of Trustees:

  • Brother Kevin Convey, FSC
    Christian Brothers of the Midwest
    Director of Mission and Education (Retired)

  • Brother Patrick Conway, FSC
    Cretin-Derham Hall
    Vice President for Advancement

  • Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC
    Christian Brothers University
    Vice President

  • Brother James Gaffney, FSC
    Lewis University

  • Brother David Galinski, FSC
    Saint Patrick High School

  • Brother Michael Quirk, FSC
    Christian Brothers Services

  • Brother Joseph Saurbier, FSC
    Christian Brothers of the Midwest
    Director of Administration and Operations

  • Brother Larry Schatz, FSC
    Christian Brothers of the Midwest