Br. Edward “Ed” Shields, FSC, was called to become a Brother following his own Lasallian education. He continues to be a premier ambassador for the Brothers and is a living example of the mission set forth by Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
His first interaction with the Brothers occurred when he was a young man attending Mater Christi High School in Queens NY, followed by another Lasallian school, Manhattan College. God used the influence of the Brothers of the Christian Schools to call Ed to begin his formation.
During his nearly four decades at Saint Gabriel’s School in Queens, NY—as a teacher, vice principal, then principal—his presence was a blessing not only to the school but also to the parish and the neighborhood. He was greatly involved with the sports program and was a man of the community. Any walk through the neighborhood was slowed by his frequent pauses to talk with alumni, parishioners, and neighbors.
The vocation of the Brother is central to Ed’s whole being. It is always in the front of his mind when he encounters anyone that God may be calling to become a Brother. When Ed meets such a man, he maintains strong contact with him and helps him discern how God may be calling him.
Ed is also a gifted storyteller who contributes mightily to the quality of community life the Brothers share. His stories inspire the listener to grow deeper in faith and service to others. At the Brothers’ community, Ed is always willing to lend a hand, and he constantly reminds the community that a faithful life of prayer, dialogue, support, and a focus on mission are priorities. His mentorship of young Brothers, along with his vocation-based career, are a source of pride and joy for all who know him.
Well written. I have known Ed for for many years! He was very dedicated to the students and families at St. Gabe’s.. He definitely is a “monk” to be admired for his dedication to his students and the Brothers he lived with.
I was a student (pupil) of Br Edward (he was known as Mr Shields back then) for only one year. I believe it was 4th grade- 1973 or thereabouts. My family had just returned from Europe where my father had a work assignment with the military. I’m now trying to research if St Gabriel’s School is still operating, but I remember him fondly.
Good morning! I remember you from my first class. What a blessing it was to teach all of you! St. Gabriel’s closed in 2011. I was still there when it closed. I am now the Vocation Director for the Brothers. Every day I pray for my students past, present and future. You have been in my prayers since 1972. Thanks for your kind words. God bless!
I knew him for many years! I would get dropped off for school very early and he would let me in since my mom had work ! I was there from Pre-k until 8th grade! Great memories