Philadelphia, PA – Brother Robert Schieler, F.S.C., Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and a La Salle University alum, will receive an honorary doctoral degree from his alma mater at its Undergraduate Commencement exercises on May 17.
“More than 40 years have passed since I walked across the stage of the Philadelphia Convention Center to receive my diploma from Brother President Daniel Burke,” Br. Robert said. “When I reflect on my student years, I do so through kaleidoscope-like glasses that color my recollection of all my past experiences. The lenses of these glasses have been crafted and shaped by my student years and by my life as a Christian Brother, a man called to announce the Gospel to the poor through the world of education.
“While being subtly influenced and formed by professors Dr. John Lukacs, Brother Patrick Sheekey, and Dr. Minna Weinstein, did it ever occur to me that I would be receiving an honorary degree from La Salle University? Of course not. However, these stellar educators and the entire Catholic Lasallian educational environment, in a way imperceptible to a young student Brother, began to mold the man who today receives an honorary degree from his alma mater,” he said.
Memphis, TN — Christian Brothers University (CBU) celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 with its official Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. at Signaigo Field on the CBU campus. The ceremony will be presided over by Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., President of CBU; John Mitchell Graves, Chair of the CBU Board of Trustees; and Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, Director of the Christian Brothers Community.
Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, was the special guest of the ceremony, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humanties. Schieler was born in Philadelphia and joined the Christian Brothers in 1979. In his first year as a Brother, he served as a teacher in the U.S. and then spent 13 years as missionary in the Philippines. He studied Modern European History and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. From 1991 to 1998, he was Auxiliary Visitor of the District of Baltimore, and then served as Director of Education for former USA-Toronto Region from 1998 to 2001. Later, he was Visitor of his district from 2001 to 2007. During the seven years previous to being elected Superior General in 2014, he was a General Councillor for the new Lasallian Region of RELAN (USA and Canada) residing in Washington, DC.
Moraga, CA – Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga honored Superior General Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, with an honorary degree at its annual De La Salle Week Convocation April 22, 2015.
Brother Robert received Saint Mary’s highest academic degree, Doctor of Educational Leadership. In his convocation address, Brother Robert stressed the important role higher education will play in the Lasallian mission in this century.