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December 2005

District offices will close for the holidays

The Midwest District offices in St. Paul and Burr Ridge will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23rd, Monday, Dec. 26th, and Monday, Jan. 2nd to celebrate the Christmas and New Year Holidays. The offices will also be closed on Jan. 16th for the Martin Luther King holiday.

Two District Councils will meet in January

The Mission and Ministry Council will meet in Burr Ridge on January 26th, and the District Council will meet on January 27th. The joint Council dinner/meeting will be on the evening between the two scheduled meetings.

Regional Assembly was held in Salt Lake City November 15-20, 2005

One hundred and fifteen Brothers and Lasallian Colleagues from around the Region (37 from the Midwest District) gathered in Salt Lake City from November 15-20 in response to the call of the 43rd General Chapter. During an intensive four-day schedule they assessed how the Region is responding to present educational needs and developing new structures to support the mission and association. A writing committee led by Dr. William Hudson from Totino-Grace H.S. synthesized all of the daily input from the 13 working groups and turned it into a collection of Outcome Statements. This final product will be sent on to the International Assembly on Mission and Association to be held October 23-November 5, 2006. Although many of these Outcome Statements parallel action items in the Midwest District Action Plan, the delegates hope to use the Outcome Statements from the Assembly to help guide the District into the future. The Outcome Statements, as well as a list of the 17 delegates who will represent the Region in Rome in 2006, is on the Christian Brothers Conference website www.cbconf.org under Regional Assembly. Seven of the seventeen delegates from the Region are from the Midwest District: Michael Anderer-McClelland, Mary Catherine Fox, Karin McClelland-Anderer, Julie Michels, Brother Frank Carr, Brother John Johnston, and Brother Edmund Siderewicz. Alternates from the Midwest include Jeb Myers and Brother Armand Alcazar.

A Blessed Christmas and New Year to all.

Christian Brothers Benefit Raffle winners announced

In early November Brother Thomas Hetland announced the winners of the annual Christian Brothers Benefit Raffle. The ministries that participated in selling tickets were De La Salle Institute, St. Joseph H.S., St. Patrick H.S., Lewis University, Dunrovin, San Miguel Chicago, David Darst Center, De La Salle Blackfeet, La Salle Institute, Midwest District, Archbishop O’Hara H.S., and La Salle Manor Retreat Center. The top winners of $5,000 each were David Martinez and James Whalen. Mickey Carson won $2,500, and Derewin Tolliver, Kathy Johnson and Rogelio Espinosa each won $1,000. Those who won $500 were Danny Tera, Jim Liszka, Gerald Rohrer, Jackie Green and J. Nowak. The $250 winners were John Berry, Dana Schwarting, Sharon Raemaeker, Mike Koenigsberger, Luis Moreno, Dennis Martinko, Kathryn Aschenbrenner, Gerald Rohrer, Sally Cook and Timothy Dowling. Thanks to all who sold tickets and to all who supported the raffle.

Brothers attended End of Life workshop

Thirteen Brothers of the Midwest District, several of them community Directors and one each from Memphis and St. Paul, gathered in Westchester, IL, on November 28th for a workshop on End-of-Life issues presented by Dominican Father Kevin O’Rourke, a canon lawyer and bioethicist. During his visits in the past two years, Brother Visitor heard several Brothers express confusion about current Church teaching and concern about what they can express in their advanced directives and instructions for their proxy in case they cannot make decisions. Fr. O’Rourke reassured them that it is the individual who determines what he wants, and choosing to not resuscitate or insert feeding tubes is permissible. All in attendance found the seminar to be useful and appreciated the clarifications made by Fr. O’Rouke. Those attending included Brothers Armand Alcazar, Maurice Anglim, Bede Baldry, Henry Baldwin, Frank Carr, David Galinski, Kenneth Gillund, Tom Hetland, Alfred Marshall, Joseph Saurbier, Martin Sellner, Matthew Smith, and Martin Spellman. Brothers interested in revising their directives or in obtaining a copy of the Five Wishes document should contact Brother Martin Spellman at Burr Ridge.

New section added to Directory

The 2005-2006 Midwest District Directory has a new section on pages 75-76. It lists the address, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of the Generalate in Rome and the Districts and Delegation of the U.S./Toronto Region.

Brother Michael accepted new position

Brother Michael Schain has accepted the position of Administrator at Mwangaza College in Nakuru, Kenya. The appointment was made by Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, Visitor of the Lwanga District. Brother Michael will begin his new position in January.

New Director of Communications announced

Brother Tom Johnson, Regional Coordinator, announced that Matt Doyle has accepted the Director of Communications Position. Matt has a great deal of experience in Catholic publications having served as assistant editor of a Catholic newspaper and builder of websites for dioceses in New Mexico, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and the Republic of the Congo. He is from Worcester, Massachusetts and will move to the DC area and begin after the New Year.

District will send two to Young Lasallians Assembly

Two Midwest District representatives have been nominated to attend the Young Lasallians Assembly in Rome in July 2006. Of ten people selected from the US/Toronto Region Andy Blake, a teacher at Totino-Grace H.S., and Emily Vogel, graduate support Director at San Miguel Chicago, will be Regional representatives. The Christian Brothers Conference Leadership Team will work with them to discuss what they need to do in preparation for the Assembly and how they will report to the District once it is finished.

Brother James Miller Day is in February

Sacred Heart Parish and the Office of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of La Crosse will present the 24th Annual Brother James Miller Day on Sunday, February 12. The program will take place at Sacred Heart Parish in Polonia, Wisconsin, at 2:00pm. The Keynote speaker is Earl J. Madary, D. Min., from the Department of Religion at Viterbo University in La Crosse. The program will be followed by a dinner in the parish hall. For more information, call Sacred Heart Parish (715) 592-4221.

LAMS conference will be in February

The Lasallian Association of Miguel Schools (LAMS) will hold its conference on February 9 to 11 at Our Lady of the Snows Retreat and Conference Center in Belleville, IL. The “LAMS Conference on Accessible, Innovative Catholic Education” will feature Amy Clark as the keynote speaker. She is the Director of the Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grade Students, a project of the Education Development Council. The weekend will include sessions on Lasallian Formation for Educators, Faith Formation for Students, Curriculum Planning and more. The registration fee of $175 includes meals, conference activities and materials. Rooms are available for an additional fee; call Betty at (800) 682-2879 to reserve a room by January 12th. Our Lady of the Snows is accessible by Metrolink Light Rail from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO. For more conference information, contact Terry Shields at (617) 244-1177.

Catholic Schools Week will take place from January 29 to February 4, 2006. The theme is “Catholic Schools: Character. Compassion. Values.” Those interested in more information or marketing materials can check www.catholicschoolsweek.org for more specific details.

LSJI plans two programs for 2006

The Lasallian Social Justice Institute has scheduled two programs for the summer of 2006. “Global Economic Justice” is the theme for the July 8-14 program in El Paso, TX, and Juarez, Mexico. Child labor, globalization, migrant spirituality, the Church’s call to solidarity, and the Lasallian theme of association will be highlighted during the week at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, NM. The cost is $800 per person and includes room and board. “Violence and Social Peacemaking” is the topic for the July 22-28 workshop in Chicago. Participants will explore situations of violence in an urban context, witness a variety of peacemaking strategies, and study Catholic social teaching and a theology of peacemaking. The fee is $800 and will include lodging and meals at the Brother David Darst Center and the Cenacle Retreat Center. For information and applications for both programs, contact Terry Shields at (617) 244-1177.

CD on Lasallian Association was mailed to communities

The new CD with International Resources on Lasallian Association was mailed to all the communities of the Midwest District on December 6th. This project of the USA/Toronto Region makes accessible many important documents to all Lasallians of the District. While enough copies are not available for everyone in the District, individuals who would like the CD should contact Brother Joseph Martin at jmartin@cbmidwest.org with a request. If necessary, additional copies will be ordered.

CBHS gym named for Brother Bernard

Each year as part of its auction, CBHS allows someone to buy naming rights to the gym. This year, the family who bought it is naming it for Brother J. Bernard Zacheis. CBHS friends were invited to attend a reception in honor of Brother Bernard on Tuesday, November 22nd, in Stephen Hall with the presentation of the plaque in the gym.

Fund named for Brother Bernard Talle

The Alumni Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of De La Salle (Kansas City) voted to give the name of Brother Bernard Talle Memorial Fund to the monies that have been donated in his name. A recent gift from the estate of Josef A. Meditz of $20,000 brings the total in the Fund to over $34,000.

Scholarship named for Brother Stan

The Madonna Circle of Memphis has awarded CBU a $4,000 scholarship grant for an academically qualified and deserving student. The gift was made in honor of Brother Stan Sobczyk who served as President from 1999-2005 and served as interim President from 1993-1994.

Totino-Grace students served at De La Salle Blackfeet

“This past October, ten "changers of the world" and I embarked on a journey of service to a San Miguel School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana. We spent the week tutoring students in fifth through eighth grade at De La Salle Blackfeet School. The importance of vision was reinforced. Without dreams of a changed future, improvement will never occur. The school, with its Lasallian spirit, strives to create a faith in education. Teaching the students to believe in themselves and the potential that each one holds within, the Christian message is being engrained within the hearts of tomorrow's leaders. This message of hope for a more perfected tomorrow is strengthened every day through the work of committed individuals who strive to teach every child that he or she is limitless. What a gift it was for each one of us from our Lasallian Totino-Grace High School to contribute in the task of changing the world one student at a time.”

(Teresa Gloppen, Senior at Totino-Grace H. S.) (from the Institute web page)

Health Updates

  • Dwayne Pahl, formerly Brother Lucian Denis, is gravely ill with pancreatic cancer. He has not asked for chemotherapy or radiation since the cancer is far advanced. Doctors told him that he has anything from a few days to a month to live. He is a cousin to the late Brother George Pahl and to Brother Cyril Pahl.

  • Brother Nicholas Schumer is home after a hospital stay in which he was treated for diabetes and other maladies. An operation to remove cataracts is being scheduled. He barely missed a beat in the religious apparel and De La Salle Auxiliary billings.

  • Brother Joseph Zastrow has suffered from a couple of falls with a painful shoulder injury but is reported doing better but with difficulty walking.

  • Brother Marvin Becker is much better after a heavy cold which developed into pneumonia.

  • Brother Justin Lucian is pleased with positive results of the chemo treatments. He will have one more series and hopes for a remission.

  • Brother Walter Schreiner has had some heart related difficulties but his doctor is treating him.

  • Brother Cyril Pahl is recovering from his November hernia operation, following the earlier colon cancer surgery.

  • Minnie Schatz, mother of Brother Larry, can no longer eat and is taking only water.

Congratulations to

  • Abubacar Jallow, a July graduate of De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew the Apostle in St. Louis and currently is a student at Christian Brothers College High School. He received the Lasallian Award for someone known for spirituality and devotion to family and who gets along with teachers and students. He was featured in the November 2005 St. Louis Magazine (pp. 88-93) which

highlighted the harrowing story of his 1992 escape with his mother, Mariama Sesay, from the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone. During their flight his father was killed, but the two of them escaped into Guinea and moved on to a refugee camp in Gambia where his brother Yoroh was born.

Directory Changes

  • Brother Bede Baldry: Email - bbaldryfsc@yahoo.com 

  • Brother Bernard LoCoco: Email at SAT - satpres@sbcglobal.net

  • Christian Brothers Conference: On page 73, the address and phone, and fax are missing. It should read as follows: Christian Brothers Conference, 4351 Garden City Drive, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785-7225, Phone: (301) 459-9410 - Fax: (301) 459-8056 – Web Page - www.cbconf.org

Rest in peace

    • Elodia “Lola” Gonzalez, longtime cook for the Brothers in Tulsa and recipient of Letters of Benefaction, died in Monterrey, Mexico on November 3rd following a long illness.

  • Alexia Otterpohl, 83, sister of Brother Mark Gubbels, died suddenly on November 17th at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, NE. Survivors include her husband William, four brothers and one sister. Her funeral was on November 22nd in Hartington, NE.
  • Vincent E. Rush, 77, died in St. Paul of heart failure on December 2nd. Formerly a priest of the Diocese of Superior, WI, he was chaplain for some time for the Brothers on Summit Avenue. He was laicized in 1986 and married Debby Baumgartner in 1988. She survives him. His funeral was on December 7th at the Chapel of Saint Thomas at the University of Saint Thomas where he was a professor of philosophy for 20 years.

Death Anniversaries
Please keep the following Brothers in your prayers:

  1. JOHN MARK (Ambrose Conway), 1977


3 Hilary Francis (Basil DeRoche), 1958

Ireneus Richard (Francis Beck), 1968

Justin Pascal (Edward Seifert), 1991


4 Isfrid ANSELM (Elmer KLEINKNECHT), 1976

8 Adrian Philip (James O’BRIEN) 2001

9 Joannis Gabriel (Charles Quinlan), 1952

10 NARCISSE JOHN (Adrien Meynadier), 1984

11 Henry Stephen (Joseph Glockle), 1968

12 Jeremiah ARTHUR (John HIGGINS), 1973

Cyril Columban (Cyril Conroy), 1993

  1. Ignatius LEO (William O’DONNELL), 1994

  1. JUDE HEGGY (William Howard), 2003

JOSIAH LEANDER NOONE (Thomas Joseph) , 2005

18 LOUIS De La Salle (Ambrose SEILER), 1972

Feast of Brother Jaime Hilario Barbal

  1. Thomas Clark, 1995

19 GEORGE PAHL (Francis K.), 2003

22 CORNELIUS LUKE (John Pryor), 1990

23 CAESARIUS of Mary (Daniel O’BRIEN), 1982

24 Ignatius RAYMOND (Vincent MOHRMAN), 1987

  1. Hermes ALBERT (Harold RILEY), 1985

  2. Kiaran DANIEL MCMULLAN (Edward James), 2003

28 James ATHANASIUS (Edward TOOLIS), 1985

JAMES (Robert William) ABELL, 2002

29 Joseph Antoninus (Joseph Windle), 1961

30 Feast of St. Mutien Marie Wiaux


1 Lawrence David (Francis Bickett), 1955

Jerome Anthony (Edwin Devitt), 1972

  1. Romuald Hosea (Joseph Meyer), Visitor General, 1955


3 Hilary Eugene (Joseph Prenovost), 1960

4 Ildefonsus Paulian (Gerard Flynn), 1951

6 Jovian Patrick (James McHugh), 1963

JOSEPH Walter (Douglas Vincent), 1991

James Albert (Elbert Oelkers), 1993

9 Feast of St. Miguel Febres Cordero

11 Liguori James (Harold LaMarche), 1962

12 Denis of Jesus (Alphonsus De Schepper), Vicar General, 1971

Herbert PATRICK (Henry SAVAGE), 1973

13 Leo William (JAMES MILLER), 1982

14 Terence Neil (John McGlennon), 1993

15 Joakim Sylvester (John O’Connell), 1963

Lewis Philip (Louis Reif), 1968


16 Jarlath De La Salle (Michael Marron), 1979

17 J. Ambrose GROBLE (GEORGE Felix) 1999

19 Jude Vivian (John Kovac), 1965

21 Lawrence Walter (Leo Ging), 1959

22 Benignus LEWIS (Paul HOLMES), 1972

Ildephonsus THEODORE (Marcellus VOELKER), 1974

23 Leonidas FELIX (Lester BUTZMAN), 1975

Leonorian RAYMOND (Clifford PLAISANCE), 1985



2 JOSEPH JOYCE (Joseph Eustace), 1998

3 Leopold Julian (James Dodd), 1974

6 Galo Ladislao (Sixto Ordonez), 1971

8 Lawrence Sixtus (Joseph Dalton), 1953

9 Junius Paul (William Sweeney), 1961

11 K. Bernardine (ALBIN KUZMINSKI), 2001

  1. JAMES Lewis (William O’NEILL), 1989

  2. EMUND WHALEY (Daniel Gregory), 2003

15 Honore Julien (Ernest Bruel), 1951

KEVIN Alexis (Vincent MARLEY), 1980

16 Harold Gerald (THOMAS MURRAY), 1990

  1. Lorian Sixtus (WILLIAM GIBSON), 1988


20 LAWRENCE Edward (Bernard Austin) O’MALLEY, 1998

22 Justus Mark (James Ryan), 1950

27 LEO Fabius (Francois Xavier FORGETTE), 1997

30 Henry Ernest (Donald Archambeault), 1963

31 Eliphus Victor (Myles Sullivan), Assistant to Superior General, 1962

Please refer to In Your Charity Pray for Your Brothers (edited by Brother Hilary Gilmartin in 1990) for more complete information on the Brothers listed and for complete listings of Brothers of the Midwest District who died prior to 1950.



3 Stephen Markham

Leonard Stoffel

7 Jeffrey Gros

10 Mark Gubbels

14 Raphael Mascari

  1. Alan Parham

19 Andrew Jacobson

  1. Justin Lucian

21 Leon Leba

Timothy McCarthy

Michael Schain

25 Lisa Sivanich

26 Kevin Fitzgerald

29 Cyril Pahl

Robert Staub

30 James Saiz de La Mora

1 Regis Morgan

11 Thomas Harding

  1. Thomas Houde

3 Bob Dressel

4 Michael Lee Anderson

Finbar McMullen

5 Bernard Brungardt

9 Michael Quirk

  1. Charles Burke

  2. Maggie Sweeney

14 Patrick O’Brien

17 Christopher Buck

18 Michael Schmelzer

20 John Blease

Peter Hannon

Matthew Joram

21 Richard Geimer

Owen Meegan

Robert Veselsky

Sarah DeMarco

  1. Michael Flaherty

23 Jose Ugarte Lizarazo

26 Basil Rothweiler

28 Robert Werle

  1. Dan Dowling

31 Thomas Hetland

15 Arnold McMullen

Stephen Rusyn

  1. Patrick Conway

Norman Wray

19 Edward Salgado

21 Edmund Siderewicz

24 Edward Mason

Damian Steger

25 Nicholas Geimer

Lawrence Humphrey

28 Roderick Robertson

Healthy News Notes

December 2005

Sheila Hallmann, RN.
Dear Brothers,
I wish all of you and your families a joyous, blessed, and healthy Christmas season.

Feel free to call me for feedback on my news notes and if you’d like information on specific topics.

In the December 2005 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch, there is information about how a proper exercise program will help men delay many of the changes of aging, particularly when they combine it with other preventive measures such as taking a daily multivitamin, keeping your mind stimulated, building strong social networks, and eating properly even during the holidays. Remember to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and non-fat dairy products every day. Get about 15% of your calories from protein. If you’d like a copy of this article, please call me at the office.

From the above source, there was information about what may affect PSA results. Eating before a PSA will not affect the results. A doctor’s digital rectal exam will not alter blood PSA levels, nor will riding a bicycle. Urinary tract infections can send the PSA soaring, as can prostate biopsies and other procedures involving the lower urinary tract.

Latest Alzheimer’s News

Older people who inexplicably and persistently lose weight over a period of years may be at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Rush Medical Center in Chicago believe the weight loss may reflect a change in the brain that affects appetite prior to developing Alzheimer’s symptoms.

Several foods-oranges, radishes, apples, broccoli, and potatoes-contain acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, compounds currently used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Long term consumption of these foods might help prevent the low levels of acetylcholine typically seen with this disease. Source: Environmental Nutrition, December 2005.
Eating Plenty of Produce Could Halve Pancreatic Risk

The smartest thing you can do to prevent pancreatic cancer is to eat a lot of what you find in the produce section of your grocery store. Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that eating lots of vegetables, especially yellow (carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, corn and yellow squash), and dark green produce (spinach, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts), may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as half.

Source: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, December 2005.
Make your own frozen gel pack for icing injuries by partially filling a heavy-duty plastic freezer bag with a mixture of one-quarter rubbing alcohol and three-quarters water. Seal the bag, then seal it inside a second plastic bag. Place it in the freezer. The gel will remain soft (the more alcohol you use, the softer it will be), making it gentler on injuries than hard ice packs.

Suggestions for Care with Credit Cards Held in an Individual’s Name

And Social Security Number

Practical Advice Received from an Email

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:

  1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

  2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put “PHOTO ID REQUIRED”.

  3. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts. DO NOT put the complete account number on the “For” line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won’t have access to it.

  4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks. You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

  5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. Carry a photocopy of your passport when you travel.

Theft of Your Information

We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.
Following is some critical information to limit the damage in case your credit cards, drivers license, social security number, etc. are lost or stolen:

  1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
  2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here’s what is perhaps most important of all:

  1. Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

Following are the numbers you always need to contact if your wallet, etc., has been stolen:

    1. Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

    2. Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

    3. Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

Saint Mary’s Press Lasallian Education Fund

Christian Brothers of the Midwest District

Funding Criteria

Grants will be awarded to organizations or individuals needing financial assistance in advancing human and Christian education, especially for the economically poor and socially marginalized, in the Lasallian tradition.

In selecting projects for funding, the Committee will include in its deliberations whether the request

  1. reflects the purpose of the fund, (note: Lasallian Education Fund grants will not be awarded for the purchase of equipment, or for construction, or for other capital expenditures),

  2. demonstrates a human and Christian Lasallian educational focus having specific goals and objectives,

  3. shows evidence of need for financial support,
  4. contains an itemized budget of expenditures,

  5. includes the time frame for initiation and duration for the expenditure of the grant,

  6. has a clear and objective method for evaluating the effectiveness of the project,

  7. contains a statement of endorsement from the agency (diocese, religious order, other organization) sponsoring the ministry,

  8. specifies a method of transferring money from the Lasallian Education Fund to the organization requesting the funds.

Each of these eight points should be clearly addressed in the application which is not to exceed five pages.
Preferences will be given to projects that focus on religious education and advance catechetics and evangelization of Catholic youth and to requests from Saint Mary’s Press of Minnesota that meet the criteria and are for projects beyond the scope of normal development and operating expenses of the Press.
All proposals and support materials must be received at Christian Brothers Provincialate by January 31, 2006 for grants to be awarded in March 2006.
Proposals should be sent to
SMP Lasallian Education Fund

Christian Brothers Provincialate

7650 South County Line Road

Burr Ridge, IL 60527-4718

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