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Bro. Alvaro’s Visit: Tulsa, OK

Where we spend a lot of time these days

Back in the airport waiting for our flight back to Chicago. It’s been a great 24 hours in Tulsa. Last evening when we arrived, the Brothers hosted a reception for Bishop Kelley and San Miguel people who had been through Lasallian formation. Bro. Alvaro also had a chance to meet the three Lasallian Volunteers in Tulsa: John Dellipriscoli, Andrew Ketchum, and Jim McAndrew.

LVs Jim, John, and Andrew with Bro. Alvaro.

Bro. Anthony (Tony) Elfering chatting with Bro. Alvaro at the reception Sunday evening.

This morning we had a wonderful liturgy with Bishop Slattery presiding, and all of the San Miguel students present as well. This was a historic day for Bishop Kelley; it’s the first time in its 50-year history that they have received a visit from the Superior General of the Christian Brothers. Thanks to a local Catholic newspaper photographer, we have some great photos of the event:

Bro. Alvaro praising Kelley for its lively Lasallian spirit.

The Brothers with Bishop Slattery, BKHS President Fr. Brian O'Brien and another local celebrant .

Bro. Alvaro visiting Bro. Anthony's religion class.

Brothers Alvaro and Frank with a group of Kelley students that joined us for lunch.

After lunch we went over to San Miguel for a visit with the staff and students there. We saw a short video on the school after which the students asked several questions of Bro. Alvaro. We were then given a tour of the school, which used to share space in the Church basement. Now they have moved into the former Catholic Charities buildings nearby, and students and staff seem very happy to be in their “new” space.

Bro. Alvaro meeting the San Miguel students.

Bro. Alvaro visiting a class and listening to a student’s question.

Next stop: The Twin Cities.


Bro. Alvaro’s Visit: Days 6&7

It’s Sunday late afternoon and we are on our way to Tulsa as we begin week two of the Midwest Tour. It’s been quite a ride; not much down time, but lots of great times and so many good people. Our last “gig” in Missouri was yesterday at Glencoe where we celebrated Glencoe’s 125th anniversary.

Bro. Kent Connolly leads guests in a procession from the Founder's shrine to the East Wing.

Bro. Alvaro with the Brothers and staff of La Salle Institute Retreat Center.

In his remarks, Bro. Alvaro shared that Glencoe is a very special place for him, because while it served as the provincial headquarters for the St. Louis District, many Brothers from the Midwest served in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Five Brothers present at the luncheon—Brothers Bill Brynda, Bernard Brungardt, Kent Connolly, Jim Krause, and Dale Mooney—served in Guatemala while Bro. Alvaro was Visitor there. Afterwards, several people enjoyed the slideshow Gerri Schroeder had put together about the history of Glencoe. It will soon be available for viewing on our website. Some of the old photos are definitely classics. There is also a beautiful commemorative booklet available at Glencoe.

The prayer service at the shrine was followed by a delicious luncheon in the Common Room of the East Wing.

Bro. Peter Hannon with Will Gegg, CBC sophomore and head of the photography club. Will took several of the Glencoe photos posted here. Thanks, Will!

Today, Sunday, we headed to Lewis University for an elegant brunch with several administrators and faculty members of Lewis as well as several of the Brothers. The event kicked off Founders’ Week at Lewis, and was followed by a special meeting with just the Brothers. About 25 Brothers from the area were in attendance.

Jan Mines, Bro. Tom Sullivan, Stephany Schlachter, and Bro. Bob Schieler.

Bro. Alvaro addressing the Brothers.

Brothers Tom Sullivan, Phil Johnson, Alvaro, and Chris Ford

Next stop: Tulsa, Oklahoma!


Visit of the Superior General

From now until April 16th, our Superior General Brother Alvaro will be doing his official visit to the Midwest District. Bro. Robert Schieler, General Councilor for the USA-Toronto Region, will accompany him, along with Brothers Frank and Larry. Follow his daily itinerary on our blog.

Welcome, Brother Alvaro,

to the great Midwest District!