St. John’s (DC) Sings for Kennedy

The regimental band of St. John’s College HS (Washington) played appropriate Christmas songs immediately after President Kennedy’s remarks at the lighting of the national Christmas tree near the White House.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 7.

Four Receive Robe

Four young men received the robe on January 25 at Ammendale; only Brother Robert Garry (today known as Brother James Steck) persevered. Among the new aspects of the ceremony were the opening procession of postulants and sponsors, the blessing of the robes during the ceremony, the presence of the sponsor at the receiving of the robe, and the presence of the immediate families of the new novices.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, January 1963, p. 2; and also a book in the Baltimore District Archives listing all habit-takings.

St. Francis Building

A new building at St. Francis Vocational School (Eddington, PA) is envisioned for a gym, theater, and shops.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, January 1963, p. 3.

Brothers Staff New School for the Main Line

The Baltimore District has agreed to help staff the new high school envisioned for the Main Line. This school eventually became Archbishop Carroll HS (Radnor, PA). The District has also accepted the commitment for a new high school in Annandale, VA (near Washington), but has declined an offer to take accept Bethlehem (PA) Catholic HS.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, February 1963, p. 1

400 Student Sock Hop

The sock-hop at Bishop O’Connell HS (Arlington, VA), which benefitted the missions, featured 400 students lining the gymnasium seats with their shoes and twisting to their favorite records. This photo from the 1963 Shield yearbook shows another dance that same year at O’Connell.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, February 1963, p. 5.

Brother Pens Health Book

Brother Elrick Austin (later known as Brother John Dondero) has signed a contract to write a book tentatively titledMental Health for Religious for Bruce Publishing Co., for delivery September 1964.

New York Newsletter, March 1, 1963, p. 17.

Philadelphia Bulletin Covers Bernian

The Philadelphia Bulletin of February 17 featured two pages of its Sunday magazine supplement to Brother Daniel Bernian, president of La Salle College.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, February 1963, p. 6.

La Salle Troy Military Honor Rating

La Salle Institute (Troy, NY) received notification from the US Army that it has earned an “Honor Rating” as a military high school.

New York Newsletter, December 1, 1962, p. 4.

New Rooms at DLS College Opened

The new refectories (dining rooms) and the senior common room at De La Salle College (Washington) were eagerly opened on November 21, and a sumptuous meal (feast of the Presentation of Mary) was served for the household in celebration.

New York Newsletter, January 1, 1963, p. 4.

Riordan and Little Honored

Patrick Riordan and Walter Little, both associated with the New York Catholic Protectory and Lincoln Hall, have been granted letters of benefaction (honorary membership in the Institute) by Brother Anthony John, provincial of New York District.

New York Newsletter, January 1, 1963, p. 7.

Buffalo Community Moves


The Brothers’ community at St. Joseph’s (Buffalo) has moved to its new residence adjacent to the school. The first Mass in the new chapel there was on February 19, the feast (at the time) of Blessed (now St.) Benilde.

New York Newsletter, March 1, 1963, pp. 3 and 9.

Archivist’s Note: This photograph is from the 1965 Star (yearbook), two years after the opening of the residence.

La Salle Troy Launches Big Campaign

In mid-February, La Salle Institute (Troy, NY) launched its million-dollar drive to build a new school, gym, auditorium, and Brothers’ residence on land purchased by the school in North Greenbush.

New York Newsletter, March 1, 1963, p. 7.

St. Joseph’s to Close Summer ’64

St. Joseph’s HS (Detroit) will be closing in the summer of 1964, and some of the students will be completing their studies at Bishop Gallagher HS.

New York Newsletter, March 1, 1963, p. 19.

Byzantine Rite in English at Bradley

February 15 brought a “first” at Bishop Bradley HS (Manchester, NH): a dialogue Mass was celebrated in the Byzantine Rite, but it was in English.

Newsletter of LI-NE, March 1, 1963, p. 4.

Archivist’s Note: This was occurring at a time when Masses in Latin were the norm.

New Auxiliary Visitor New York

Br-Anastasius-Benedict-AyersThe superior general appointed Brother Anastasius Benedict (Ayers) as auxiliary visitor of New York and supervisor of high schools (effective June 30, 1963). Brother Augustine Philip (Nelan), former president of Manhattan College, will become the new auxiliary visitor of the Philippines.

New York Newsletter, January 1, 1963, p. 1.

38 Junior Novices

The 38 junior novices (Ammendale, MD) went home for Christmas vacation, and all returned to continue their high school curriculum at the Juniorate.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 3.

Central’s Forensics 3rd in ’62

The forensics chapter at Central Catholic HS (Pgh.), which ranked 29th among Pittsburgh chapters in 1960, is expected to rank third in size in 1962.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 3.

Midnight Mass at St. John’s (Ont)

Most of the boys at St. John’s Training School (Uxbridge, Ontario) went home for a Christmas visit; 35 remained at the school for Christmas. For the first time in several years, midnight Mass was celebrated in the chapel.

Annals of St. John’s Industrial School, p. 385

St. John’s (Ont) New Addition Opens

In the presence of 600 persons, Archbishop Pocock of Toronto blessed the new $400,000 addition (classrooms, auditorium, gymnasium) of St. John’s Training School (Uxbridge, ON) on January 13. This photo is part of the student entertainment from the day’s activities.

Annals of St. John’s Industrial School, pp. 386, 389, and 391.

Rawhide Actor Marries at Ammendale

The cook on “Rawhide” (a series on CBS-TV at the time) married the first Mardi Gras Queen of Washington, DC, in the novitiate chapel at Ammendale on December 30.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 4.

Priest Speaks of Japan at Oaklands

In early January, a priest-alumnus (Rev. Frank Hawkshou [sp]) from De La Salle (“Oaklands”) in Toronto visited his alma mater and told of his experiences for the past seven years in the slums of Japan.

Annals of De La Salle College (“Oaklands”), p. 147.

Ammendale: Fallout Shelter

In the wake of the nerve-racking Cuban Missile Crisis of fall 1962, the main building of the Baltimore District’s motherhouse at Ammendale (MD) has been designated as a fallout shelter with a capacity of 130.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 4.

Calvert Hall Shrine Dedication


Auxiliary Bishop T. Austin Murphy blessed the stately Our Lady of Lourdes shrine at Calvert Hall (Towson, MD) on a frigid December 15, 1963. Among the 500 in attendance was Brother Gabriel Cecilian (Cannon), the former director and prime mover for the new Calvert Hall. This photo from the 1964 Cardinal and Gold yearbook shows the shrine in considerably more benign weather.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 4.

La Salle Military Coming Along

Plans for the expansion of the facilities (school building, auditorium, and library) of La Salle Military Academy (Oakdale, NY) are progressing.

Newsletter of LI-NE, December 15, 1962, p. 5.

New Buildings at La Salle-Immaculata

The Brothers at La Salle-Immaculata HS (Miami) are planning a new Brothers’ residence and a new science/commercial building (12 rooms), and a new field house.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 6.

Older St. Gabe’s Boys in Scouts

A select group of older boys at St. Gabriel’s Hall are reactivating a Boy Scout troop, with a state trooper as volunteer scout leader.

Newsbriefs of Baltimore, December 1962, p. 6.

New Library DLS College

The new library at De La Salle College (Washington) opened in early February when the student Brothers moved all of the books and periodicals from the former site to the new.

Newsbriefs of LI-NE, February 15, 1963, p. 2.

2,000 at Open House

On February 8, an open house was held at De La Salle (Oaklands) in Toronto; nearly 2,000 parents and friends visited the decorated classrooms of the school. Many of the parents were able to discuss student problems with the teachers.

Annals of the De La Salle (Oaklands) Community, p. 147.