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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 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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#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

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#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,

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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