Words of Remembrance for Brother Robert Carnaghi, FSC

Given by Brother Kenneth Kalinowski, FSC
Memorial Mass
Saint Joan of Arc Church
St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Brother Robert Carnaghi FSC was a DeLaSalle Christian Brother for 72 years. Born on the Eastside of Detroit, St. Elizabeth’s Parish to George and Josephine, he is preceded in death by his brother George and sister Georgene. He is survived by his DeLaSalle Brothers and by his brother Gerry – his wife Josephine, and countless nephews, nieces, and great nephews and great nieces.

Brother Bob met the Brothers while attending St. Joseph’s High School on Gratiot. He was an athletic superstar in high school, playing in the city championship at Olympia stadium in Detroit – St. Joe’s vs. Detroit Miller High School and the game attracted over 16,000 people. Bob earned All- City Honors

Bob entered the Brothers on September 7, 1948, earning his degrees from Catholic University in Washington DC, with a BA in English, and later earning a MA in English from Manhattan College, and a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin.

Bob’s assignments include grammar schools, reform schools, orphanages, and serving as a formator of teachers in Nairobi, Kenya. Bob served in the missions of Africa and Jamaica, and then was requested home to the missions of New York City! Bob was an athletic director, assistant, principal, principal and a President.

Brother Bob, now in his 60’s was asked to serve the Province in Vocation Work before finally returning home to DeLaSalle Collegiate being named President of the school. At the same time Bob was the Superior of the Brother’s Community at DLS.

As you can tell, Bob’s life was of service, he took the Brothers vow, “of going wherever I may be sent and to do whatever may be asked” with a kind and gentle spirit.

What can I tell you about this man that you don’t know, perhaps very little. Bob was one of the most prayerful Brothers I have ever met, always first to the chapel before morning or evening prayer. Bob was selfless! Each year, at Christmas – all the Detroit Brothers come home for the holidays. Bob’s birthday is December 23rd, but we could not celebrate his birthday that day, he wanted us to celebrate Christmas, his birthday could wait for another day! If we even mentioned his birthday – he would hush us.

Bob would often use his monthly allowance to pay for a boy’s tuition, or cover their lunch. It was rare to see him purchase anything new for himself. During Covid shutdown, an extremely difficult time for all of us – Bob loved to go for a daily ride, we would often drive to Belle Isle – and at least twice a week to visit the Brother’s plot at Mt. Olivet. Brother Bob’s family plot is in view of the Brother’s graves and we would always stop to say a prayer.

Driving with Bob, sometimes was a challenge for a loud Brother like myself, he would often say very little, and just enjoyed the ride – especially when I took him back to Hamtramck or the area where he grew up near St. Elizabeth’s.

Bob loved his family, he treasured the last year with his sister Georgene, visiting her nearly every day. Both of them loved Better Made White Popcorn! Bob loved to visit his Brother Gerry and his family at Easter time in Arizona, where he would usually tell us stories about how he hit on a slot machine with them on his visit. Bob adored his nieces and nephews, and was so grateful for their call and for them having him over to their pools or cookouts.

Bob loved DeLaSalle Collegiate and the boys that he served at the school. At the age of 90 he still had more energy than myself, he could never miss a sporting event, concert, assembly, or Mass. Bob lived for the boys and they knew of his care for them. Bob planned out this funeral and on the last page he wrote, “All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you”. Well, this morning that will be true, as we say goodbye to a true son of St. LaSalle.

Live Jesus In our Hearts! Forever!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Robert Carnaghi, FSC

1930 – 2021

Born Robert Joseph Carnaghi in Detroit MI on 23 December 1930
Entered the Barrytown NY Novitiate on 26 June 1948
Received the Religious Habit and Name Azarias Robert on 7 September 1948
Pronounced Perpetual Vows in Troy NY on 31 August 1955
Died at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft NJ on 2 March 2021


Friday, 12 March 2021

Visitation – 4.00pm to 8.00pm
De La Salle Collegiate Gymnasium
14600 Common Road · Warren MI 48088

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Eulogy – 9.45am
Mass of Christian Burial – 10.00am
Saint Joan of Arc Parish
22412 Overlake Street · St. Clair Shores MI 48080

The Eulogy and the Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at https://www.sjascs.org/

Interment following
Mount Olivet Cemetery
17100 Van Dyke Street · Detroit MI 48234

Brother Robert died peacefully Tuesday evening after a brief respite in hospice care.

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

May he rest in peace.


Washington DC
The Catholic University of America (scholasticate)

New York NY
Good Shepherd Elementary School

Albany NY
La Salle School

Kenya Africa
Kamwenja Teacher Training School

Lincroft NJ
Christian Brothers Academy

West New York NJ
Saint Joseph of the Palisades High School (1st semester)

Santa FE NM
Sangre de Cristo Center (2nd semester)

Staten Island NY
Saint Peter’s Boys High School

Syracuse NY
Christian Brothers Academy

Rome Italy
CIL (2nd semester)

Warren MI
De La Salle Collegiate

Kingston Jamaica
Alpha Boys School

New York NY
La Salle Academy

Warren MI
De La Salle Collegiate

Lincroft NJ
District Administration (Vocations/Formation)

Lincroft NJ
District Administration (Auxiliary Visitor)

Warren MI
De La Salle Collegiate

Renewal (1st semester)

Warren MI
De La Salle Collegiate

NJ De La Salle Hall (resident