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General Councilor

Brother Chris Patiño, FSC, a Brother of the San Francisco New Orleans District (SFNO), was elected General Councilor on May 20, 2022, at the 46th General Chapter. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. He received the habit of the Brothers in 2007 and pronounced final vows in 2013. Brother Chris began his teaching career in 2004 as a Brother aspirant and founding faculty member at San Miguel High School in Tucson, Arizona, and later served at his alma mater, Cathedral High School. He was also instrumental in founding the Lasallians Without Borders initiative of the Districts of SFNO and Mexico Norte. In 2015, Brother Chris was appointed SFNO Director for Vocation Ministry. In this role, he has been an active and influential presence in numerous national religious vocation organizations and events.

Pictured at top, from left: Brothers Armin Luistro (Superior General), Chris Patiño, Anatole Diretenadji, Martin Digilio, Carlos Gabriel Gómez Restrepo (Vicar General) and Ricky Laguda. Not pictured: Brother Joël Palud.

Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, served as General Councilor for RELAN from 2014-2022. Read his reflections below, including from the 46th General Chapter.

Reflections by Brother Tim

#FSC46GC | May 22 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

Today we brought the Chapter to a close. We began with another photo event in the cool of the morning before moving inside for a few procedural matters and an address by Brother Superior. In his remarks, Brother Armin noted ‘what we are experiencing today is not new to...

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#FSC46GC | May 20 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

In another red letter day for the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, today we entered the final stage of the Chapter discernment, focusing on the five General Councilors who will round out the council. In yesterday’s address, Brother Superior said that the mandate is to actualize...

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#FSC46GC | May 19 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

Today the General Chapter completed the voting process for approving the seven pathways that we will follow toward the dream we articulated last week: “We are one Lasallian Family, of different vocations, leaven for a more fraternal world, sent forth, to encounter God in those who are poor and...

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#FSC46GC | May 18 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

The Great Hall (Aula Magna) was silent and the Brothers were in prayer. “I swear before Jesus Christ, eternal Wisdom, who is my witness, that I, Brother ________, vote for Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Brother whom I consider, before God,...

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#FSC46GC | May 16 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC 

Today we held a sondage for leadership in the central government. Tomorrow we enter into a retreat guided by Fr. José Cristo Rey García to help us listen at a profound level to the movement of God in our midst. The election process is scheduled to commence on Wednesday...

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#FSC46GC | May 14 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

The poet Emily Dickinson died on May 15, 1886. Given that tomorrow will be all about our Founder, I will lead with her in today’s reflection. She wrote, “The sailor cannot see the North, but knows the needle can.” Perhaps as a Chapter we have a similar poetic sentiment:...

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#FSC46GC | May 13 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

One current moving through this Chapter, as in previous Chapters, is that of joining the life of our Institute with the universal Church. Our history as an Institute has by and large evolved in parallel with the universal Church, toward a more mystical, biblical, sacramental, and Eucharistic image and...

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#FSC46GC | May 12 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

Yesterday and today we addressed two questions that led us into the third phase: Which conversion process can help us to move forward to achieve the shared dream of the Institute? What might be some of the results that we hope for this shared journey over the next seven...

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#FSC46GC | May 11 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

Morning prayers begin with a reflective song, a spiritual passage and the day’s Gospel, leading to silent reflection and prayer. This morning’s passage was from Pope Francis: “Have I learned to weep? Have I learned to weep when I see a hungry child, a drugged child on the street,...

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#FSC46GC | May 10 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

A Chapter is a call to assume a consciousness that doesn’t come naturally. For most capitulants, the daily experience in community and mission is “school,” District,” “Region.” To assume a consciousness that one is acting as Body of the Institute (Rule, 112) requires a fairly dramatic shift, to an...

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