Brother Lawrence Dempsey, FSCWords of Remembrance for Brother Lawrence Dempsey, FSC

by Brother Charles Lackes, FSC

Quote: “You guys like sports?”

An Irish Catholic native from Southwest Philadelphia, Larry Dempsey’s life, faith, and formation were nurtured by his family, the IHM Sisters at Good Shepherd parish, and the Christian Brothers at West Catholic. After graduating in ’58, his journey began with the bus ride to “join the Brothers” at Ammendale, MD.

Energetic, with an outgoing personality, young Brother Lawrence quickly evolved into a dynamic Spanish teacher and popular wrestling and cross-country coach. He served long tours of duty in Pittsburgh and Jersey City.

An avid sports fan, while he enjoyed many games, a bet on the ponies excited him most. In later life, Larry returned home, settling in at St. Gabriel’s Hall, Phoenixville, PA. As a counselor, he welcomed new residents struggling to adjust
to school. Students quickly learned he could debate the skills of their favorite NBA star.

If Larry can choose his eternity, I imagine him with an Italian hoagie, a few cold Budweisers, and sitting in front of his computer, seriously considering the best picks for the coming season of “Fantasy Football.”

May he enjoy life forever!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Lawrence J. Dempsey, FSC

1941 – 2020

Born Lawrence John Dempsey in Philadelphia PA on 13 January 1941

Entered the Ammendale MD Novitiate on 16 June 1958

Received the Religious Habit and the Name Brother Lawrence Elrick on 7 September 1958

Pronounced Perpetual Vows in Philadelphia PA on 30 August 1966

Died at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft NJ on 14 August 2020


A private interment will take place at De La Salle Cemetery – Beltsville MD

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on a date yet to be determined.

Brother Lawrence died peacefully late Friday afternoon.

The District of Eastern North America remembers Brother Lawrence with memorial liturgies according to the tradition of the Institute. Through their prayers, communities and individuals entrust Brother Lawrence to God’s loving care.


Elkins Park PA
La Salle College: scholasticate

Pittsburgh PA
South Hills Catholic High School

Jersey City NJ
Hudson Catholic High School

Washington DC
Saint John’s College High School

Phoenixville PA
Saint Gabriel’s Hall

Beltsville MD
La Salle Hall: resident

Lincroft NJ
De La Salle Hall: resident