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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

‘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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Following the Voice of Love

I love walking in the woods. On any number of hikes in Colorado and New Mexico, I have found myself within hearing distance of a stream. Whether I am ascending or descending it is often parallel to the path but out of sight. I long to finally see it,...

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Christmas Reflection: A Narrative of Hope

Do you know people who see movies twice, read familiar books again? Order the same items from the café menu, revisit art works? Are you one of them? Perhaps one of the reasons for going back to these sources is to deepen the meaning and fulfillment we had the...

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Sharing Our Story with the Superior General

Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General, begins his pastoral visit to the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) today (November 1). He begins in Montréal, Québec, a fitting starting point since it was there in 1837 that Brother Aidant and three Brothers established the first permanent foundation in North...

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Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

To fully appreciate what Jesus is up to when he sends the 70 disciples out with instructions to travel in twos, to leave their baggage at home, and to eat and drink what your hosts put in front of you, it’s helpful to remember they are sent to the...

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Living a Legacy of Generosity

This month I spent a week visiting family and friends in my hometown of Denver. One of my rituals is going to the Fort Logan National Cemetery where I visit the gravesites of my mother, maternal grandparents, and uncle. And so a flood of fond memories is unleashed.  I...

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