Mr. Patrick J. Donahue, District Director of Advancement
Please join us in welcoming our newly appointed Visitor, stepped into the role on September 1, 2021.
With the four-year term of our Provincial/Visitor, Br. Dennis Lee, FSC, coming to an end on August 31, the Brothers of our District began last year the structured voting process to elect the next leader of our District. In January of this year, the Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Br. Robert Schieler, FSC, announced from Rome the appointment of Br. Robert Schaefer, FSC, as the third Visitor for the District of Eastern North America (DENA).
Br. Frank Byrne, FSC, incoming Auxiliary Visitor, stops to chat with students at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft NJ.
Our Visitor-elect is a graduate of Lasallian schools: La Salle College High School (’85) and La Salle University (B.A. ’89, M.A. ’95). Br. Robert is well qualified for the position, having served in the District as a teacher, campus minister, assistant principal, and principal. Since 2016, he has been appointed to the worldwide Institute, Secretariat for Formation, in Rome.
Br. Jules (Bud) Knight, FSC, new Assistant Visitor, leading a memorial service with residents of De La Salle Hall, the Brothers’ nursing care Community.
In March, Br. Frank Byrne, FSC, accepted an invitation from the newly named Provincial/Visitor to serve as Auxiliary Visitor, also effective September 1st. For the last twelve years, Br. Frank has been the President of his alma mater, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft NJ. Prior to the formation of our District (DENA) in 2009, Br. Frank spent eight years in the position of Visitor for the former New York District.
Br. Robert has also created a new position of Assistant Provincial. Br. Jules ‘Bud’ Knight, FSC, has accepted his invitation to this role. Br. Bud will be responsible for the pastoral accompaniment of senior Brothers and will work with and coordinate with all who care for their physical needs. Br. Bud’s experience in recent years as Director of our nursing home, De La Salle Hall, along with his extensive experience in formation, will be of great value in this new position.