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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

Documents of the 46th General Chapter Now Available 

The Documents of the 46th General Chapter are now available. This latest publication of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools provides the outcomes of the Chapter, which

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#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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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