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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 9 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

After a refreshing day, a day off from the intensity of the past week, the capitulants returned to the ora et labora of the Chapter. This morning, Sr. Leslye Sándigo, our facilitator, contextualized and recapitulated all that has led us to today. She began with the first day and...

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#FSC46GC | May 7 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

Today marks the end of our first week, though we still have a couple of days in this phase of “discovery,” where we identify what gives life and better appreciate who we are. Fr. Eric de Clermont-Tonnerre, OP (Dominican) took up the topic of fraternity. He made a point...

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#FSC46GC | May 6 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

This morning we welcomed Sr. Rekha Chennattu, RA, a Scripture scholar and Mother General of her congregation, Religious of the Assumption. Her compelling presentation used Johannine theology to reveal the leadership model in the community of disciples founded by Jesus. She was firm: it is not a “servant leadership”...

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#FSC46GC | May 5 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

Rev. Bryan Massingale’s presentation opened with a poem by the Celtic priest and poet, John O’Donohue (d. 2008). It was an artful move. “For the Interim Time” names our social, ecclesial and Institute experience. We find ourselves in a place where “The old is not old enough to have...

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#FSC46GC | May 4 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

The next phase of the Chapter began today and so the signage was replaced. Down came “The Joy of Thanksgiving” and up went “Boldness in Truth.” The French, l’audace, and the Spanish, la audacia, lend themselves to audacity. Boldness and audacity carry powerful connotations into this phase, where we...

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#FSC46GC | May 3 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

As I was going into church this morning, I noticed, as though for the first time, the 1947 marble plaque that offers a short bio of De La Salle, to whom the church was dedicated. “Ému de pitié à la vue de l’ignorance du peuple . . . .”...

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#FSC46GC | May 2 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

The appreciative inquiry method was presented and explained, followed by comments and questions from the capitulants. We voted and the proposal outlined by the preparatory commission was overwhelmingly accepted. We also approved the Manual of Rules and Procedures. Other than the specific details related to the process of appreciative...

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#FSC46GC | May 1 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

We opened the Chapter this morning singing Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit). The thought occurs to me that the Spirit is already in and among us—so the chant’s intent is to invite the Spirit to enflame us, maybe even to set us on fire. Maybe that’ll wake us...

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#FSC46GC | April 30 | Reflection by Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC

Today is the birthday of John Baptist de La Salle. Born in 1651, this man lived an extraordinary life. He lived a saintly life, which is to say a life marked by holiness. If he were here with us and we raised a toast to that holiness at his...

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Blow Out the Candle

When someone is feeling blue, disappointed or needs a boost, we may offer some encouraging words like, “Hang in there,” or “I’ve got your back.” Across cultures, I’ve come across similar expressions: “Ánimo!” (Spanish), “Courage!” (French), “Coragem!” (Portuguese) and “Forza!” (Italian). It’s a shared human condition—we can be the...

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