Keynote Speaker - 2019
Previous Speakers: 2021
"Teach, Learn, Transform: The Heart and Soul of Lasallian Higher Education"
Ernest J. Miller, FSC, D. Min.
Vice President for Mission, LaSalle University
As Vice President for Mission, Brother Ernest has revised or implemented new mission-focused initiatives for faculty, staff and administrators. He aims to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the Lasallian charism and mission for today’s educational and spiritual needs. In addition, Brother Ernest works with students to grasp the long arc of the Lasallian story and vision.
A native of New Orleans, Brother Ernest is a member of the Institute of the Brother of the Christian Schools, the Roman Catholic religious institute that founded and sponsors the University. He joined the Brothers in 1993 and in 2003 he made his final profession of vows.
He served three years (2009-2012) as the Associate Director for Mission and Ministry in the District of Eastern North America (DENA), the geographic area for all the Brothers’ communities and Lasallian ministries in seven states, Washington, DC, Ontario, Canada, and Jamaica. Before the creation of DENA, he served two years as Director of Education and Lasallian Mission Formation in the former District of Baltimore.
Prior to his five years in District service, Brother Ernest served as a teacher at three Lasallian secondary schools. He was founding director of the David S. Baginski, FSC Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary studies endeavor for honors-level students.
Brother Ernest completed a D. Min. at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He graduated from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University with a M.A. in International Affairs; La Salle University with a M.A. in Education; Georgetown University with a Master in Liberal Studies; and Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in Political Science.
Brother Ernest has presented at numerous conferences, workshops and retreats on Lasallian historical and educational themes, Catholic social teaching, church history, human rights, and religious brotherhood, among others. In 2010, he was the Convener of the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations in New York.