The Brother Visitor, sometimes known as the Provincial, is the guarantor of the unity and vitality of the District, the leader of the District, and director of its administrative team. Appointed by the Superior General of the Brothers’ Institute, in Rome, Brother Visitor exercises his authority as a major superior according to Canon Law and the law of the Institute and in accordance with directives from the District Chapter.
Brother Dennis Lee, FSC
The Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, announced the appointment of Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, as the second Visitor of the District of Eastern North America (DENA), whose term began September 1, 2017.
As part of the Visitor selection process, the Districts’ Brothers sent a final round of sealed nominating ballots to Rome, where the General Council opened and reviewed these nominations. With these ballots, and the advisement of the General Council, the Superior General, Br. Robert, officially appointed the Visitor; in this case confirming the DENA Brothers’ votes, electing Br. Dennis Lee.
Prior to being Visitor, Br. Dennis was Auxiliary Visitor for the District, and has had a varied career as an elementary school teacher (Saint Gabriel’s, Queens, NY); parish work (Saint Cecilia’s, Brooklyn, NY); high school Religion teacher (Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS, Brooklyn, NY); and campus minister (Bishop Loughlin and Manhattan College, Bronx, NY). Since 2002, he has alternated as missionary (Christ the Teacher Institute for Education, Nairobi, Kenya) and as Auxiliary Visitor (legacy LINE District).
Brother Dennis Lee will continue to carry out into the future the mandate of the Brothers: to oversee the vitality of the Brothers and of the mission, which continues to be to “provide a human and Christian education for the young, especially the poor.” In Brother Robert Schieler’s letter to Brother Dennis Lee he states, “I ask that you pay special attention to the pastoral ministry of vocations, the formation of Partners and the care of our senior Brothers.” With his usual energy and zeal Dennis looks forward to working with all the amazing ministries of the District.