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General Councilor

Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, serves as the General Councilor for the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN). Elected at the 45th General Chapter in 2014, Brother Tim is one of eight General Councilors who assist the Superior General in the government and animation of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers). Brother Tim spends a significant amount of time at the Generalate (headquarters of the Institute) in Rome and visiting Lasallian ministries worldwide. In RELAN, Brother Tim provides service and leadership to the Region’s four Districts. For the seven years prior to his election as General Councilor, he served as Visitor of the former District of New Orleans-Santa Fe. Brother Tim has long been associated with the Lasallian mission, beginning with his days as a student at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana. He has served as a teacher, dorm prefect, soccer coach and administrator over the course of nearly 30 years in Arizona and Louisiana.

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Reflections by Brother Tim

What’s Done is Finished: A Time to Recharge

Each academic year the colleges and universities are the first to hold graduations, a ritual that signals the end of an academic year. The secondary schools soon follow and then we notice the morning traffic is appreciably lighter as the daily commute to elementary and secondary school ends. Teachers...

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Mindfulness

April 7, the death date for John Baptist de La Salle, set by the church community as the day for the memorial of this saint, often gets overlooked because it occurs in Lent or in Easter. We are now at the midpoint between the memorial of April 7 and the solemnity of May 15, the date he was declared patron saint of all teachers of youth. Most short...

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Rekindling the Art of Conversation

There are increasing signs that we can return in person and in numbers with more regularity to that sacred ground we call school. Our students are leaving their “bunkers and bubbles.” It is not a new question, but one that receives more attention in these challenging times: what do...

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Attention

One of the lenses through which to look at our daily decisions is that of “attention.” Without thinking too much about it, we move from one thing to the next and shift our attention as we go. And sometimes we split our attention and try to focus on more...

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Serving Up Rituals for the Soul

After leaving the Zoom room an email went around, “It was really great to be with all of you today for our gathering. In these uncertain times, it was nice to see your familiar faces, laugh a little, and talk about that which we consider our collective calling.” A...

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‘Justice and peace shall kiss’ (Psalm 85.11)

Every year we greet the opening of the academic year with the International Lasallian Days for Peace (ILDP)—this year’s theme is “I Choose Peace!” Even if one of the unchanging aspirations of our educational mission is to address the root causes for the lack and loss of peace in...

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Holy and Heroic Work

The term essential worker has entered our thoughts and conversations. These are the people who for two months have been sustaining the rest of us. The organizational psychologist Adam Grant suggests calling them life-sustaining workers, and with good reason. They care for the body, whether in hospitals, on farms,...

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Reflection for the Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle

A couple of months ago, well before we stopped gathering for religious services, a four-year–old girl had a question for her mother during Mass.  Girl: Mom, (not quietly), where is Jesus?  Mom: (whispers a response, which daughter finds unacceptable)   Girl: No, where IS he?  Mom: He’s in heaven.  Girl: When do I get to see him?  Mom: When you...

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Abundance of Care

The coronavirus outbreak has radically altered our days and brought a lot of emotions to the surface: the full gamut of hot and cold emotions from fear to trust, anger to joy. And sometimes some stories bubble up that express them. Some of the stories that have bubbled up...

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Pack Only What Is Essential

The role of General Councilor has me on the road and in the sky quite regularly. A question that I am asked from time to time is just how much I travel. I generally don’t know what to say other than “I pack and unpack a lot.” So I...

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