Visitors Meeting: Finale

I’m writing this in Fiumicino Airport waiting for my flight to Chicago, which is a mere six hours late! The good thing is, thanks to an early morning text, I got word before I left for the airport. The other good thing—aka blessing—is that I was able to stay for the closing session, which featured Brother Bob’s closing remarks and our commissioning service in the sanctuary of the main chapel.

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Here the General Council is praying a blessing over all of us Visitors; you can see the Founder’s reliquary in the background. We ended by singing together ,”Honneur a Toi”, which I found really moving. I guess being right there in the sanctuary, surrounded by my fellow “Principal Brothers” and so near the relics of St. John Baptist de La Salle, really brought it all home to me.

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Our sessions this week got very practical as we discussed the importance of accompaniment both of the Brothers in our charge as well as the GC’s responsibility to accompany us as Visitors. Yesterday we surfaced our hopes and ideas for the Intercapitular session in 2018; Brother Ricky Laguda led us through the process in which we all had an opportunity to see what everyone had come up with.

Josh McElwee, LV Alum

Josh McElwee, LV Alum

Josh McElwee, Rome corespondent for the National Catholic Reporter, was our guest for lunch on Tuesday. I had gotten to know Josh several years ago when he was a Lasallian Volunteer living at the Catholic Worker in Kansas City and interning at NCR. It was very interesting to hear him talk about all his experiences covering this endlessly fascinating and unpredictable Pope.

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The USA “Bros in Blue”—at your service!

Brothers Martin and Pedro from the District of Antilles-South Mexico gave each attendee one of these lovely blue shirts, so when we took our obligatory group photo Tuesday, we all wore them.

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So, it’s been a rather intense ten days, but also very good. To experience international brotherhood with so many good and dedicated men is an inspiration and an affirmation. We all share so many of the same issues but also the same hopes and dreams. We have no doubt this amazing Lasallian charism entrusted to us will live on. We are simply trying to make sure we do everything we can to assure that it thrives and that we continue to encourage one another to cross the many borders and boundaries that get in the way of serving the most vulnerable.

It’s all about faith and zeal—-and of course, association. Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever!

Ciao for now.

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Visitors Meeting 2016: 3

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One of the perks of being here at “The Casa” during this lovely time of year is pictured here: fresh apricots! The weather really has been very pleasant: cool nights and sunny days. We had last Saturday off, so I headed out to a museum and then to Ostia, which is on the Mediterranean. It was nice to just stroll along the beach and see the Italians enjoying themselves on a weekend afternoon.

"by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea..."

“by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea…”

By the end of Friday, we Visitors had totaled 20 sessions! Again, that’s a lot of stitting and listening (in multiple languages). Thursday morning was focused on the two issues of Aging and Aged Districts (like North and South Belgium) and restructuring. The Lasallian East Asia District (or LEAD) is now five years old, and Bro. Edmundo is the Visitor. Here is a map of LEAD:

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So, whenever I complain about traveling in the Midwest District, I just have to recall what Bro. Edmundo has to do to get from one part of the district to another. As you may recall, I did experience two sectors last January while visiting Brothers Marty Sellner and Larry Humphrey in the Philippines and Singapore.

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Brother Ambrose

On Thursday afternoon, Brother Ambrose Payne from Australia and interim head of the International Ecomonic Council shared a rather sobering assessment of current Institute finances vis a vis the trajectory of rapidly aging districts. On Friday, we spent lots of time discussing General Chapter Propositions 19 and 27, dealing with new international initiatives. Each Region is asked to identify an initiative that is in direct service to the poor as well as one that can serve as an international vocation discernment community. Our RELAN group had a good discussion about what makes sense for us, given the importance of sustainability in initiatives that are currently serving the poor, much less new ones. We end each day with a mass at 6:30pm. Needless to say, we were all grateful that this rather grueling week was at an end.

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Ah, nothing like a good (Bavarian) beer on a Friday night with the guys, in this case, Bro. Leonardo, Visitor of Bogota, and Paulo, General Councilor (RELAL) from Brazil. It was so nice to unwind. That combined with the free day Saturday really helped me rejuvenate. Sunday was a day of recollection for us and the theme was: “Our Ministry of Leadership.” Bro. Tim Coldwell led us through the day which consisted of three sessions combined with prayer. I really appreciated the time to reflect upon my role as Visitor.

Brothers Bob and Hugh

Brothers Bob and Hugh

While we are meeting here in Rome, so are the leaders of the Congregation of Christian Brothers (more commonly known in the US as the “Irish Christian Brothers”), and so the General Council invited them to join us for a social and dinner. In this photo, Bro. Bob is welcoming our guests to our rooftop, where we had dinner. Beside him is Brother Hugh O’Neil, CFC Superior General. It was a delicious dinner, with lots of grilled meat and also seafood and salad. Brother Diego Munoz, Archivist, did the grilling, and we all thoroughly enjoyed  the results.

BBQ Chef, Bro. Diego

BBQ Chef, Bro. Diego

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Dinner on the rooftop terrace with the “other” Christian Brothers

So, week two begins, and we’ll finish Wednesday noon. Keep us in your prayers as we get down to discerning how best to utilize the 2018 Intercapitular Meeting.

-BL

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Visitors Meeting 2016: 2

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Just as St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican is the crossroads for Catholics from all around the world, so is our Generalate on Via Aurelia  the crossroads for Lasallians from around the world. For example, Wednesday’s lunch brought all kinds of Lasallians from the Midwest District together: Brother Louis De Thomasis, former President of SMU, who resides and works at the Generalate; Brothers Mike Quirk and Joe Saurbier, here for the International Economic Council; Roxanne Eubank and Mary Fox, (SMU), Dominic Colonna (Lewis) and  Bro. Michael French, here to prepare IALU which begins next week; and yours truly, here till next Wednesday.

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Dr. Colonna, along with Dr. Dennis Cremin (Lewis), also accompanied to Rome a group of college students from four out of our six US Lasallian universities: CBU, Lewis, Manhattan, and SMU. They stayed here at Casa La Salle, the hotel portion of the Generalate, and  left on Wednesday morning, They are pictured here with Brother Bob and me after we had the opportunity to meet with them briefly on Tuesday morning.

However, lest you think that all we do is pose for photo ops, let me assure you there is plenty of “seat time” involved in our meeting as Visitors. The General Council has designed a full daily schedule, each with a specific focus. While much of Monday was spent acclimating and checking in with each other on our own realities, Tuesday was given to presentations and conversations around the key roles of Visitors and Community Directors, while the afternoon was centered on vocation ministry, especially as we head toward 2019, “The Year of the Lasallian Vocation”.

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On Wednesday, Brother Emili, Superior General of the Marist Brothers (FMS), presented to us on leadership and association. From the photo, you can see that Lasallians and Marists are very similar; except for the word “Marist” on the slide, it could easily be our own collage. Wednesday afternoon was devoted to apostolic leadership and animating the Lasallian Mission. The session on animation involved a very good use of technology as four Lasallian Partners and one Brother shared via prerecorded video their experiences in the District of ARLEP (Spain and Portugal). Each one ended with a set of questions for us as Visitors.

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One of the striking things about the Motherhouse or Generalate these days is all the changes that have happened since the General Chapter two years ago. The basic thrust is that everything has been moved to “Blocco A” or the central wing of the very large and sprawling building. This makes sense on lots of levels, plus it utilizes much underused space. The basement or lower level, which used to be dark and dingy with lots of empty space, is now sleek and modern-looking. The new “Trinity chapel” was recently dedicated; the photo above is the window that faces the hallway.

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This shot of the altar, tabernacle, and back wall shows the beautiful new icon that serves as the focal point of the chapel. Based on Rublev’s famous icon, the colors and images are very striking. The roses are from the gardens on our property.

Please continue to keep us in prayer as we attempt to tackle “the big questions” that face our Institute and our thriving Lasallian Family.

-BL

 

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Visitors Meeting in Rome: Day 1

And away we go….. Our Superior General and his Council have summoned “experienced” Visitors to the Generalate for a “eye-wide-open” assessment of where our beloved Institute is at this historical moment. Here is our official logo:

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Not quite sure what it implies, but it seems that perhaps we are a bit “off-kilter”. However, we are all here to help guide this Lasallian vessel, so I suspect we’ll be fine.

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I was struck by the fact that Brother Robert referred to us as “the Principal Brothers” in his morning address. He recalled the famous Letter of 1714 to the Founder authored by the Principal Brothers. What I like is the fact that we are referred to as Principal Brothers because we are gathered here together as “seasoned leaders”; it is due to the fact that  we are convening “together and by association” as District leaders at this moment in time that it makes sense to use that rather hallowed designation.

So we spent this first day reacting to Brother Robert’s opening remarks which were a combination of impressions and concerns gathered from the first two years of the current General Council’s term. We also discussed in small groups how our Districts have responded to the Propositions of the 45th general Chapter.

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It was a good beginning with a manageable schedule that will be pretty consistent from day to day. It’s also nice to be here with friends from the Midwest District—Roxanne, Mary Fox, and Bro. Michael French—who are here preparing for the IALU session which begins Monday.

And no, dear reader, I didn’t mind giving up my Memorial Day to be here for a full first day: at your service and that of the whole diverse Institute—and glad to be so!

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Ciao for now.

-BL

 

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CMSM Visit to the Vatican: #3

The weather in Rome has been splendid, warmer than usual according to the natives. Sunshine every day, which made our many walks and rides to the various offices and dicasteries quite enjoyable.

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CMSM with the Congregation for the Clergy

Our first visit Friday was with the Congregation of the Clergy. This was the first time I felt rather like a fish out of water. The bulk of the conversation concerned issues relating to religious priests who leave an Institute but are still ordained and “free agents”. At the end, I did mention the recent Vatican document on the Brothers and advocated that it be required reading for diocesan seminarians.

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Our group with Ambassador Hackett (behind me)

On Friday afternoon we took cabs to Trastevere to meet the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett, at his residence. We had a good and very cordial meeting, conversing at length about the migrant issue, especially in Europe.

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A detail from the sanctuary of St. Onofrio Church.

After that, four of us walked over to nearby St. Onofrio Church, the home of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in Rome. Fr. Brian Terry, CMSM President-Elect, is the Minister General (Superior General) of the order, which was founded in the USA and is headquartered at Graymoor, NY. After a tour of this ancient and revered church, we celebrated a private mass around the altar. I noticed several symbols of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre within the church, and Brian informed us that Pope Pius X reestablished this medieval equestrian order here at St. Onofrio at the turn of the last century. As a member of the KHS, I was pleased to know that I had ended up here at its “mother” church.

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A rendering of St. Pius X with the symbol of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre (red Jerusalem cross)

That evening all of us went out for dinner and ended up at a great trattoria called La Polese, where we dined outside to some delicious food and lots of delightful conversation.

We had our last meeting at noon on Saturday with the dicastery for Evangelization (aka The Propagation of the Faith), during which we discussed mission activities around the globe. After our meeting, Cardinal Feloni, the prefect, showed us the newly restored library; it was stunningly beautiful.

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Marvelling at the beauty of the library.

After that four of us headed for Assisi to stay at the home there of the friars of the Atonement. It was about a two-hour train ride and we had a very pleasant and relaxing stay in Assisi. It’s a very special place, and we experienced the best of Franciscan hospitality.

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Our group at a wonderful restaurant featuring typical Umbrian food, La Fortezza, with Brother Gregory (back left) and Paolo, a postulant (right front), and of course, our waiter.

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The view of St. Clare’s Basilica from the Franciscan convent. 

We got back to Rome Sunday night, and each of us spent Monday on our own. I did the Jubilee pilgrim walk up the Via del Conciliazone and up through the Jubilee Holy Door. I enjoy visiting the lower crypt with several papal tombs. After pranzo (lunch) I visited ancient San Clemente Church near the Coliseum and then walked past the Coliseum, the Forum, and to the newly —and beautifully refurbished—Trevi Fountain. The three of us remaining gathered for a last pasta feast near the Domus before packing to head out Tuesday morning.

This proved to be a very interesting and informative trip; it certainly opened up my eyes to the complexity of the Vatican. I was also impressed with the mastery of knowledge and background so many of the “officials” we visited. We are a big Church with a presence in every corner of the globe. Pope Francis’ effect on the church now three years into his papacy is almost palpable. Vive il Papa! Arrivederci Roma!

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CMSM Visit to the Vatican: #2

The place we are staying at is called Domus Carmelitana, and while it is a very pleasant place and conveniently located, the wifi here is rather weak, so it’s been a challenge downloading photos and being able to keep up. Add to that a rather hectic schedule of visits, and that it explains why this entry took so long to put together.

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Waiting in line for the Papal Audience.

Every Wednesday morning a papal audience is held in St. Peter’s Square. We were fortunate to acquire good tickets and a few of us had excellent seats, and actually got the opportunity to shake the hand of Pope Francis. It was unexpected and almost unbelievable. I will treasure that moment for a long time.

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“Up close and personal” with the Swiss Guards

After the audience we walked the short distance to the Generalate of the Salvatorians (SDS); Fr. Joe Rodrigues is a Salvatorian and he gave us a wonderful tour of the former palace right off St. Peter’s Square. We also had lunch and mass there.

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Joe giving us a tour.

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Our group on the Salvatorian roof.

That evening CMSM had an appointment with Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State. I felt a certain sense of intrigue as were escorted by various Swiss Guards into the inner sanctums of the Vatican. It was a fascinating meeting with this man who has rubbed shoulders with diplomats and leaders from al over the world. Even though he was leaving for Poland the following morning, he generously spent an hour and a half with us.

 

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Being escorted through the many rooms and halls of the Vatican to see the Secretary of State.

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Our meeting with Cardinal Parolin.

Thursday was our busiest day with four visits. Our first was with Msgr. Lucio Ruiz, the new head of the Secretariat for Communications. His task is to reform this office to align with modern forms of communication. In my humble opinion, he is the “right man” for the job. He clearly understands Pope Francis’ vision and how best to convey it to the world.

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Monsignor Ruiz is third from the left. 

We then headed over to Trastevere for two joint meetings with the Offices of the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Peace and Justice. The timing was especially relevant since two days later Pope Francis would head to Greece for his historic visit to the migrants there. A personal highlight was the conversation with Christine Jeangey and Flaminia Giovanelli about the situation in Syria and Iraq.

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Christine and Flaminia with Sr. Joan Steadman, Executive Dtr. Of LCWR

Our final visit was one filled with energy and zeal. We met with the Congregation for Catholic Education: Fr. Friedrich Bechina, FSO, is a dynamic advocate for Catholic Education who had just gotten back from a visit to Chicago. We covered a lot of relevant topics, and he was invested and interested in all of them. I was pleased to present him with a copy of Brother Mike Fehrenbach’s new book, “Schools of Character” on faith-inspired charter schools.

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Fr. Friedrich with Brother Mike’s book.

Thursday evening I had a very pleasant reunion dinner with Sr Mary Willette, SSND, who works at their Generalate. We ministered together at San Miguel in Minneapolis.

More meetings Friday and Saturday. . .

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CMSM Visit to the Vatican

Serving on the National Board for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men has resulted in my now serving as a member of the Executive Team that visits the Vatican dicasteries (offices and departments) each spring. I am the only member that represents a Brothers-only institute. I am following in the footsteps of several other FSCs before me, including Brothers Dan Casey, Bob Schieler, and Frank Carr.

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LCWR-CMSM Joint Dinner

This week (April 11-16), we are here with Members of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious), and with two days down, this experience has provided me with a very interesting insights into the inner workings and key players in the Vatican.

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Inside Vatican City

On Monday we visited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican Commission on Safeguarding Minors, and a joint visit with LCWR to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Today we visited the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and the Congregation for Bishops. With each visit we have a specific set of points we share but the main goal for each visit is to dialog and build relationships. So far, that has certainly been the case.

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Our group: Joe Rodrigues, SDS; Jim Greenfield, OSFS; Brian Terry, SA, and John Pavlik, OFM Cap; with CDF representatives Archbishop Di Noia, OP and Rev. Bob Geisinger, SJ.

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After our meeting with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

 A few “side” visits: I had coffee today with Joshua McElwee, former LV who worked in Kansas City, and is now the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. It was really nice to catch up with him. I also headed to our Generalate for dinner this evening. Brothers Bob, Jorge (the Vicar), Rafa, and Gustavo were present so we had a good visit, and I also enjoyed seeing the other Brothers who live and work at the Motherhouse, including Bro. Louis DeThomasis.

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 NCR’s “man in Rome”, Joshua McElwee

Tomorrow, Wednesday, we have tickets for the Papal Audience. Stay tuned!

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So Long, Singapore!

On Thursday night, I had the privilege of attending a donor appreciation banquet for SJII Scholars. This is a special program that awards deserving students who cannot afford to attend SJII a full scholarship, including room and board for scholars from other countries. This of course is directly connected to the Lasallian Mission of the school. It was a wonderful evening at a lovely hotel in downtown Singapore, and joining us for the banquet was Mary Fox’s nephew, Tom, who happens to be in Singapore for a few months studying.

The Brothers Larry with Tom Fox

The Brothers Larry with Tom Fox

Our special dessert topped with the edible school logo!

Our special dessert topped with the edible school logo!

On Friday morning, I had a chance to get to know some of the scholars a bit better. I spent about an hour with seven of them, and I was so impressed with their ability to articulate what SJII means to them and the difference a Lasallian education is making. Some are Singaporeans, but others hail from Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

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SJII Grade 11 Scholars

I had lunch with a few of the board members of SJII, including two founding “old boys”. I enjoyed conversing with them about SJII’s growth and impact in nine short years. We also had a wonderful Chinese meal together that arrived in several courses.

 

Board Members of SJII with Larry and me.

Board Members of SJII with Larry and me.

That evening I went out for a seafood dinner with the community that had hosted me. It was fun spending time with them. The community includes Brothers Kelvin, who teaches at SJI, Paul who is principal of SJI and also one of the LEAD Auxiliary Visitors, Ignaci, who teaches at SJII, and Larry, SJII President. We came back to the house and continued our socializing.

Larry and I, Kelvin, Paul, and Ignaci.

Larry and I, Kelvin, Paul, and Ignaci.

So, it’s back to winter in Chicago after almost two weeks of tropical heat and humidity, which I never quite got used to. Not that I’m complaining! I’m very glad and thankful that this trip panned out. I saw and experienced a lot and have a much clearer sense of our Lasallian Mission in the Philippines and Singapore. I thoroughly enjoyed the many places I visited and Brothers and Lasallians that I met. I’m also impressed with the vocation ministry efforts in LEAD and will share some of those in a later blog’ along with several impressive artistic renderings of the Founder and Lasallian saints.

Most of all, it was so gratifying to see how well both Marty and Larry are doing in their respective ministries and communities. They truly are “Brothers Without Borders”, and it’s so clear they are making a positive difference and touching all kinds of hearts.

I had to try a Singapore Sling)

I had to try a Singapore Sling!

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Singapore!

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I arrived in Singapore on Tuesday afternoon, and Brother Larry Humphrey met me at the airport. It’s always good to see a familiar face in a crowded airport. After prayer and dinner with the Brothers that evening, we headed for Chinatown. Chinese New Year begins on February 8, and the signs of it are everywhere in Singapore. Chinatown was bustling with energy and markets as people get ready for a celebration that I can only describe as a combination of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, with a whole lot of red thrown in! (red=good luck, celebration,and joy)

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I must admit I knew very little about Singapore before arriving, except that it is an island, a city, and a country. What I didn’t know is that it’s only been a nation for 50 years, but in that short time, it has become a first-world country with a very strong economy and standard of living.

In Singapore Bay with the "MerLion", the symbol of the country.

In Singapore Bay with the “MerLion”, the symbol of the country.

The Brothers have been here since the 1850s, and currently sponsor three “secondary schools”: Saint Joseph’s Institution , St. Patrick’s, and St. Joseph Inst. International. SJII is the school where Larry serves as president. It is an International Baccalaureate School, opened through the efforts of the “old boys” (alum) of St. Joe’s. SJII also has an international elementary school with students pre-K though 6th grade. On Wednesday morning, I was the “mystery reader’ for one of the pre-K classes, which was a treat.

Here I am reading to the kids.

Here I am reading to the kids.

Later that morning, Larry and I observed several campaign speeches by students running for captain of the four houses set up in the grade school. This “casa” concept is also very popular in our Lasallian schools in the states, so it was interesting to see how it plays out here. The houses are called: Benilde, Jaime, Miguel, and Mutien after FSC saints, and because they are designed for elementary age students, an artist was commissioned to give the four a more “kid-friendly appearance.

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Wednesday evening, Larry and I dined on the riverfront and enjoyed the tropical evening in downtown Singapore. On Thursday I toured the other two secondary schools (7-12) in Singapore: Saint Joseph Institution and Saint Patrick’s. We began at St. Patrick’s, and our guide was Brother Nicolas, who has been at St. Pat’s for many years.

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Bro. Nicholas and I in the courtyard

Bro. Nicholas and I in the courtyard

The windows in the chapel were designed by Bro. Joe McNally, a renowned artist here in Singapore.

The windows in the chapel were designed by Bro. Joe McNally, a renowned artist here in Singapore.

The original SJI was founded in 1852, and because the current school building is undergoing a complete renovation and addition, the school has relocated temporarily. It’s clear that the great pride and sense of community of SJI has relocated right along with the students. Bro. Kelvin was our tour guide and Larry and I ended our visit at SJI by sitting in on part of his religion class and chatting with the students.

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Thursday night I attended a special scholarship dinner which I’ll talk more about next time.

I really liked this outdoor sculpture of kids having fun.

I really liked this outdoor sculpture of kids having fun.

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Last Day in Manila

Will the real Marty please raise his hand? Or maybe not....

Will the real Marty please raise his hand? Or maybe not….

True to form, we headed out early to make sure that Marty could be present for the start of the school day at De La Salle Zobel. Along with Araneta, this is the other school that he helps out at; here he serves as what we would call the Lasallian Animator. If I had any doubt at this point that Marty is a Lasallian rock star in the Philippines, it was made very clear here at DLSZ. The life-size image is left over from one of his numerous 60th Jubilee celebrations; I’m quite sure several of the little kids really do think he’s the Pope. Wherever he goes, he is mobbed by the kids. And unique to the Philippines, I believe, each student takes your hand and brings it to their forehead as a blessing and sign of respect. Even some adults. Very humbling!

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After an extensive and impressive tour of the elementary and high school, we “invaded” several teacher’s work areas and offices. Again, Marty is well-known and loved by all. We ended my visit there with a very nice lunch, and Brother Bernie, President, was able to join us.

Each of the primary classrooms made me a special welcome sign; this is one of them (in Tagalog)

Each of the primary classrooms made me a special welcome sign; this is one of them (in Tagalog)

These are severa; of the teachers; thank God they wear distinctive uniforms as well; otherwise I would have mistaken most of them for students.

These are several of the teachers; thank God they wear distinctive uniforms; otherwise I would have mistaken most of them for students.

Bro. Bernie (beside Marty) and the rest of the leadership of the school.

Bro. Bernie (beside Marty) and the rest of the leadership of the school.

Our final stop was Dasmariñas, which includes a medical school, a university, and a care center for senior Brothers, plus a Brothers’ community. Our guide was a young Brother, Mark, who is in his first year of vows, and teaches religion at the school. Our first stop is the new Brothers’ care facility. It’s lovely and well-staffed. One of the residents there is Brother Benildo, who was once a General Councillor; it was good to meet him.

Brother Mark, our very able and affable tour guide in front of the care facility.

With Brother Mark, our very able and affable tour guide, in front of the care facility.

The "event center" at Dasmariñas campus.

The “event center” at Dasmariñas campus.

So—full disclosure—as the tour progressed, I found myself getting more and more tired. It was a combination of the heat plus the fact that I’d gotten up at 2:45am to be part of a 3:00am conference call that morning. What? Well, keep in mind that 3am here is 1pm the day before, which is a fine time for a US conference call. Not so much for someone in Asia! So, I had to ask Bro. Mark to give us an abridged tour of the rest of the campus so I could crash. That said, Dasmariñas, like so many other ministries in the Philippines, is a very impressive place, which even includes a museum of “old Manila” on campus, thanks to the foresight and contributions of former DLSU president (and SMU alum) Brother Andrew Gonzalez. After a rest, we had a very nice dinner with the Brothers there, including Bro. Gus Boquer, president. Home to pack and get ready for the trip to Singapore!

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There is so much impressive native art in the places we visited. This is one of the stations of the cross in the chapel at Zobel. Live Jesus in our hearts!

 

 

 

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