Brother Chuck Mrozinski, FSC
The Go-To Guy
Living Lasallian is definitely an explanation of what it’s like to be Brother Chuck. Even after 40 years as a member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Brother Charles Edward Mrozinski continues to uphold the duties of a true Lasallian.
A native of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, Brother Chuck, or as many would call him “the go-to guy” performs any job he is given with much dedication, and does not hesitate to offer his time and talent. Br. Chuck received an education in a Catholic environment, beginning at St. Joseph School in Natrona Heights and continuing on to St. Joseph High School. After graduation, he attended Forbes Trail Technical School in Monroeville, PA. A few years later he obtained a B.S. in accounting from Point Park College, a M.S. Ed. from Duquesne University in Math Education and Administration, and a M.M. from Seattle University in Spirituality and Counseling.
Chuck entered the Brothers at Elmer Street in Pittsburgh, received the habit in 1971 at Elkins Park, PA, and served the novitiate in Windsor, Ontario. Br. Chuck has taught at many schools, including Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, LaSalle High in Philadelphia, St. John's College High in Washington DC (where he also served as Vice-Principal), and Hudson Catholic in Jersey City. Chuck has also served as a Counselor for students at St. Gabriel’s Hall, which provides education, counseling, and other services to delinquent youth.
When it comes to responsibilities with the Brothers, Chuck has served as Director of Jeremy House in Philadelphia, and community director at St. Gabriel Hall in Audubon, PA, and staff member/administrator at Christian Brothers Spiritual Center in Philadelphia, PA. In his duties to his Senior Brothers, Chuck has made many trips to the Bishop Walsh High School Community in Cumberland, MD (and others) to provide help and care to those who were sick, and be of comfort to the other Brothers who were well.
Prior to taking on his current District of Eastern North America position, Chuck worked as Assistant to the Visitor in Adamstown, MD with the historic Baltimore District. Since then, Chuck has maintained that position, working with DENA administration to accomplish the challenges and achieve the opportunities of Lasallian religious life and ministry.
Br. Chuck’s individual work is often said to “make everyone look good.” He is known to be a superb listener, and his creative ideas coupled with super-organized characteristics have certainly outlined his dedication and excellence as a Brother. His whole life is efficient—and undoubtedly neat (pun intended). One of his talents is to make the Brothers’ houses into homes with tasteful decorations and furnishings.
Word on the street is that Br. Chuck is a master at Sudoku puzzles...bordering on addictive behavior, some might add. Chuck enjoys classic episodes of I Love Lucy and The Flying Man, while enjoying the guilty pleasure of Thursday night television entertainment, watching American Idol (along with a few other Brothers).
Chuck has a special devotion to anything with a flashing red light on it (fire trucks in particular), as long as he’s following it, and not the other way around. On any automobile trip, the radio is always turned on to his favorite FM soft-rock station.
At the end of the day, we can all agree that Brother Charles Mrozinski, FSC, is recognized for his hard work and perseverance, not only in the office, but also to the entire Lasallian community. He is indeed a mirror image of a true Lasallian.
Thank you Brother Chuck!
Location: Riverdale, New York
Students: Undergraduate population: 3,500
Faculty: 201 full-time faculty and 100 part-time faculty (12:1 student/faculty ratio)
In May 1853, five Christian Brothers moved their small Canal Street school to what was then known as Manhattanville, a section of New York City at 131st Street and Broadway. The Brothers brought with them more than their furniture and their students. They brought with them their mission of making a human and Christian education available to all.
Between 1853 and 1863, the school changed rapidly, adding college-level courses in 1859 and first using the name Manhattan College in 1861. It was chartered by the Board of Regents on April 2, 1863, and the first catalog stated its goals — to afford young people the means of acquiring the highest grade of education attained in the best American universities or colleges. While classical languages were thoroughly studied, prominence was given to higher mathematics and natural sciences, thus combining the advantages of a first-class College and Polytechnic Institute.
Today, the college educates over 3,500 undergraduate students, hailing from more than 60 countries and almost every state in the U.S. With 40 major fields of study in five different schools (arts, business, education, science and engineering), Manhattan students also have the biggest classroom of all—New York City—just minutes away.
As a Lasallian Catholic institution, Manhattan College provides the office of campus ministry and social action (CMSA) in order to foster the values of faith, service and community throughout the college.
Many students participate in local community service projects including: Habitat for Humanity, God’s Love We Deliver, work with the elderly in nearby nursing homes, feeding the hungry in soup kitchens, tutoring children and teens, the Annual Toy Drive, three blood drives, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and more. New projects are regularly developed in response to students’ interests.
CMSA sponsors domestic and international service learning trips during intersession, spring break and in the summer. Jaspers have participated in service trips to Honduras, South Africa, Tijuana, Texas, Appalachia, Ecuador, and Camden, NJ.
L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience) is a program, under Manhattan College’s campus ministry and social action department, which provides service and social justice experiences for Manhattan College students and the wider Manhattan College Community. LOVE seeks to provide individuals with the opportunity to explore their commitment to social justice, encourage reflection on faith and enhance spirituality, develop quality, value-based relationships with not only peers, but with communities whose culture, language, and resources may be very different from their own. Being a part of the Lasallian tradition, LOVE seeks to touch the hearts of participating individuals, so that they may continue their commitment to social justice and become leaders in creating a nurturing, caring community on campus and throughout their world.
LOVE opportunities are available during academic breaks and offer programs in New Orleans, Ecuador, Mexico, Texas, Maine and Alabama, and various opportunities are always being added to meet the interests of participating students.
Manhattan College was recently honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The College was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, including Manhattan College, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.
“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Manhattan College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
“There’s no other education quite like this, created in the spirit of the man who invented modern teaching. The achievement, humanity, opportunity, and community of innovative Lasallian education has been the passionate mission of Manhattan College for more than 150 years.”
To learn more about Manhattan College visit them at www.manhattan.edu