Saint Mary’s presented honorary doctorates to three Christian Brothers at its Founder’s Day celebration Tuesday, April 9.
Brother Terence McLaughlin, a 1944 Saint Mary’s alum, received an honorary Doctor of Humanities in recognition of his 72 years as a De La Salle Christian Brother, as a champion of racial equality, as an outstanding teacher, mentor and school administrator, and as an author. While serving as its president in 1963, Brother Terence broke ranks with the city’s culture code in Memphis and integrated Christian Brothers High School, making it the first private school to enroll an African-American student in the Memphis region. This award to Brother Terence is being made on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Congratulations to Bro. Terence! Also honored were two Brothers who serve at Bethlehem University:
Brother Jean Manuel (Proche-Orient) received an honorary Doctor of Humanities in recognition of 58 years of service as a De La Salle Christian Brother, through which he has touched the lives of countless students and families as a school administrator and English teacher. After more than 30 years at Bethlehem University, Brother Jean has made a significant and lasting contribution to the Church in the Middle East and to the world of Lasallian Catholic higher education.
Brother Joseph Loewenstein (DENA) received an honorary Doctor of Humanities in honor of his inspiring leadership throughout his 70 years as a De La Salle Christian Brother. He served first as a teacher on the East Coast of the U.S., then as a teacher, vice principal and headmaster in Kenya, and most recently he served more than 30 years in Palestine. Brother Joseph has held a number of positions at Bethlehem University, including president and vice chancellor. In addition, he has heroically responded to the needs of those living in Palestinian refugee camps.
On Saturday evening, April 13, over 500 people gathered at the White Eagle in Niles, Illinois, to “Honor Lasallian Leadership” at Saint Patrick High School.
Bro. Konrad Deibold is retiring after 35 years of service to St. Pat’s. Konrad began teaching there in 1961 and stayed there till 1966. After serving as principal at St. Paul’s HS, working in the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education, and serving as Auxiliary Visitor for the Chicago District, Konrad returned to St. Pat’s as principal in 1983 and then became its first president in 1987. During his tenure as president, Bro. Konrad developed St. Pat’s first Board of Trustees, embarked on Vision 2000 to create a fine arts space and curriculum,, implemented the mandatory drug-testing program, renovated the athletic playing filed, renovated and expanded the administrative center, and recently dedicated the newly renovated student cafeteria.
Dr. Joseph Schmidt, AFSC, a St. George alum, began his teaching career at St. Pat’s in 1967. He became principal in 1987 and has served in that capacity ever since. In 1997, Dr. Schmidt was honored with the Christian Brothers Midwest District Lasallian Award and was also inducted into the SPHS Hall of Fame. In 1998, the high school recognized him a second time with its Distinguished Educator Award. On Saturday evening, Bro. Konrad honored Dr. Schmidt by presenting him the President’s Counsellor II Award; this award is presented every year to someone who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, generosity, or service to the Lasallian educational mission as it is lived each day at St. Pat’s.
Dr. Schmidt will become the second president of Saint Patrick High School on July 1, 2013. Clearly, Saint Patrick High School will remain in very good and capable hands.
Congratulations to Bro. Konrad and Dr. Joe Schmidt, two true Lasallian leaders!