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Three New AFSCs Welcomed in Memphis Ceremony

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Msgr. John McArthur, Msgr. Val Handwerker, and Joe Birch with their Affiliation certificates

Msgr. John McArthur, Msgr. Val Handwerker, and Joe Birch with their Affiliation certificates

In a stirring ceremony October 29 at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN, three new members were honored with Affiliation to the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

Longtime Memphis broadcaster Joseph F. (Joe) Birch, Msgr. Valentine N. (Val) Handwerker, and Msgr. John B. McArthur received symbols of the De La Salle Christian Brothers from Visitor Brother Larry Schatz, FSC, welcoming them as the newest Affiliated Brothers and conferring upon them the designation AFSC.

The entire student body of Christian Brothers High School packed the gymnasium for the ceremony, which featured the school’s renowned band and chorus. Honored guests included many of the 17 living Affiliated Brothers from the Memphis area.

As the presentation noted, “To affiliate Joe, Msgr. Val, and Msgr. John today is to make them spiritual sons of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, our holy Founder. They are now Brothers, of more than 5,000 Brothers of the Christian Schools found in over 80 countries around the world.”

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By Robert L. Cummings, Chief Development Officer for the Midwest District[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]