October 2006 by 7Q3dg431

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									                                                                   October 2006

Brother delegates head to Rome
   Brother Frank Carr and Brother Armand Alcazar will soon leave for Rome for the meeting of the
   International Assembly. Because of the scheduled surgery of Brother John Johnston, Brother Armand
   will take his place. Brother Frank will depart on Wednesday, October 18th and will do some work for
   the Preparatory Commission for the General Chapter for a couple days before the Assembly begins.
   Brother Armand will leave on Thursday, October 19th. Along with the 156 other delegates they will
   meet from October 23rd to November 4th. Then the Preparatory Commission meets for another week.
   Brother Frank is scheduled to return to Chicago on November 12th.

Final ballots tallied for next Visitor
   Brothers Charles Burke and Paul Grass, members of the Visitor nomination ballot committee,
   reported to Brother Superior the results of the recent voting. A total of 142 ballots were received with
   these results: Brother Francis Carr, 109; Brother Thomas Johnson, 18; Brother Lawrence
   Humphrey, 7; Brother Thomas Hetland, 5; and Brother Larry Schatz, 3.

Brother Kevin will start in January
   Brother Kevin Convey, Director of Education and Mission, will complete his service to Saint Mary’s
   University of Minnesota in November. He will then move to Chicago and begin work at Burr Ridge in
   early January 2007.

New District Directory will be late
   The new 2006-2007 Midwest Directory will be late this year. It should be mailed in early November.
   Apologies to all for this delay.

Brother Frank’s calendar is nearly complete
   Brother Frank Carr has been contacting Directors and Principals about possible dates for local visits.
   The confirmations for the first semester are almost complete. He hopes that his calendar will be sent by
   October 20th.

Advanced Study/Sabbatical proposals
   Reminder about Advanced Study and Sabbatical forms. Advanced study requests will be due November
   13th and sabbatical proposals will be due by January 15, 2007. Forms will be sent to Directors October
   12. Contact Brother Armand Alcazar for details.

LLI gathering will be in Burr Ridge
   The fall session of the Midwest Lasallian Leadership Institute will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Burr
   Ridge from November 19th to 21st. Welcome to all participants.
Retirement Fund for Religious
   The national collection date for the 19th annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious is
   December 9-10, 2006. Brothers are encouraged to contact their particular diocesan representatives if
   they would like to speak at parish masses on that weekend. Ninety-four cents of each dollar donated
   benefit retired and elderly religious women and men. Last year the Midwest District received over
   $78,600 from the Retirement Fund.

Huether Lasallian Conference is in San Francisco
   Registration for the 2006 Huether Lasallian Conference is now open. The program is scheduled
   November 30th to December 2nd at the Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. A new feature of
   this year's Huether Conference will be several breakout sessions designed specifically, but not
   exclusively, for those associated with Lasallian institutions of higher education. The theme of this year's
   Conference, “Deepening Vocations - Roles and Movements in the Lasallian Educational Mission,” is
   both broad and deep. It is designed to assist those who have been called to serve in a Lasallian
   institution to better understand how their role is crucial to success in the shared Lasallian mission of
   educating poor and underserved youth. The conference registration fee is $225 per person and includes
   the Distinguished Lasallian Educator (DLE) Awards Banquet on December 2nd. For questions or further
   assistance regarding the conference registration procedures and policies, contact event planner, Regan
   Quinn, at Rquinn@cbconf.org or 301-459-9410, extension 115.

Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut sent a message
   “Many thanks. I take this belated occasion to thank the District Council and the District at large for the
   kind words and the affirmation of our works in Africa, particularly in the Lwanga District, in the form
   of a resolution at the June meeting of the District Council. I very much appreciated the thoughtfulness
   and spirit of fraternity extended to me as I completed some years of leadership in the District, and such
   recognition is most appreciated."

Welcome to Celine Quinio
   Celine Quinio, Communications Director for Christian Brothers Conference, will be in Burr Ridge for
   the next LLI session in the Midwest. She will meet with Brother Martin Spellman regarding
   twinning. She hopes to visit a variety of Midwest District ministries and take photos for the new
   website. Welcome, Celine.

Educational Mission reported from Rome
   At the end of September Ms. Paola Molinari from the Office of Statistics and Registry in Rome
   reported on the Mission of the U.S./Toronto Region. The report included “schools only.” The summary
   showed 81 schools with a total of 61,881 students. Among the 10,347 teachers, administrators and staff
   were 359 FSC Brothers, 98 sisters, 56 priests, 4,961 lay men, and 4,873 lay women.

Directors’ meeting was successful
   Sister Lynn Levo received an appreciative response across the board from the twenty-nine Brothers in
   attendance at the Directors’ meeting at the Cenacle Conference Center in Chicago. A religious and a
   psychologist, Lynn seemed to have an uncanny ability to visit the Brothers where they live. She
   reminded us that community is a mutual endeavor recognizing that all have human needs. Good
   communities take work and decision making as well as a willingness to want the community to thrive,
   not just survive. Lynn also mentioned that human relationships were not an option; they are a necessity
   as Brothers continue to grow toward wholeness.
Health Updates
      Brother John Johnston is scheduled for surgery to remove a tumor from his colon. As a result, he
       will not be going to Rome for the International Assembly.
      Brother Christopher Kavanaugh fell on the steps at Montini, fracturing his left wrist and left leg.
       He did not need a cast on his leg but does have one on his wrist. He is at the Manor Care Rehab
       Center on Ogden Avenue in Westmont.
      Brother Basil Rothweiler fell while carrying plates and cut his right hand on the broken dishes.
      Brother Leo Keindel is slowly getting his strength back after his knee replacement.
      Brother Peter Dannecker fell in his room, not for the first time, so the community is looking for a
       better warning system.
      Brother Kevin Fitzgerald has had a great deal of pain from pinched nerves in the spinal column
       and has missed class for a couple of weeks.
      Brothers Tony Gajewski and Martin Spellman had their second surgeries for cataract removal
       and lens replacements.
      Brother Mark Gault, recovering from pneumonia, is at the Highland Chateau nursing home in St.
       Paul. He is weak with the effects of pneumonia and congestive heart.
      Brother Edward Mason, at the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul, has been declining.

Congratulations to
      Brother David Sinitiere, who was appointed the second Auxiliary Visitor of the NOSF District. He
       will serve as Director of Education and continue to handle legal matters of the District.

Rest in Peace
      Brother Mario Stockhausen, 75, died on September 28 at St. Anne Home in Winona, MN. A De
       La Salle Christian Brother for 47 years, he was born Robert Stockhausen in Rollingstone, MN, the
       son of William and Mary (nee Hoffman) Stockhausen. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School
       in Rollingstone in 1950. In 1957 he obtained an M.S. degree from Winona State, and in 1975 he
       earned an M.S. in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He joined the Christian
       Brothers in 1959 in Glencoe, MO, and made his perpetual profession in Winona in 1965. His
       teaching career started at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN, in 1961. He also taught
       at La Salle High School in Cincinnati for twenty-two years and served as a tutor for fifteen years at
       Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis. In 2004 he retired to St. Anne Home in
       Winona. Survivors include one brother and four sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial was at Holy
       Trinity Catholic Church in Rollingstone on September 30th. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery
       in Winona. Check the end of this issue of News Notes for a memorial by Mick Owens.
      Brother Brendan Hayden, 72, of the NOSF District, died on October 2nd in Lafayette, LA. During
       his years of service, he had worked from 1984 to 1988 at the National Office when it was located in
       Romeoville, IL. He entered the novitiate in 1947 and made his final profession in 1959.
      Leander Sellner, 75, brother of Brother Martin, died on September 13th. Survivors besides
       Brother Martin include his wife, Mary, two children, four brothers and one sister. His funeral was
       on September 18th in Sleepy Eye, MN.
      Ruth H. Klein, 87, wife of the late George, and a retired teacher from St. Patrick H.S., died on
       October 8th in Chicago. Her funeral mass was on October 11th at St. Thecla Church, and interment
       was at St. Adalbert Cemetery.
Brother Mario Stockhausen - May you rest in peace.

When St. John Baptist de La Salle wrote, “You, too, can perform miracles by touching people’s hearts,” he
must have been thinking of future teachers such as Brother Mario Stockhausen. On September 28, 2006,
Brother Mario passed from this life and left a legacy of many, many students and faculty whose lives and
hearts he touched. In a very unassuming way, Brother Mario taught his English and religion classes at
Cincinnati La Salle H.S. from 1976 to 1989 and made a great impact that will live into the future.

Jim Hautman, a current teacher at La Salle, a student himself in Brother’s class in the early ‘70’s,
remembered him being a great guy. “I will always remember his passion for wood working. He was a
master with a jig saw. No matter how long it had been, he always remembered your name.” And Cheryl
Myers, who had just been thinking of Brother Mario a week before he died, also remembered him. “When
I was pregnant in 1979, he presented me with ‘Chad’ (Cheryl’s son) in his famous wood letters. I still have
them today.”

In addition to teaching English and religion, for which he received The Lasallian Award for Teaching,
Brother Mario ran our Spirit Shop for many years. Students could always purchase the cartoon characters
and other wood products that he produced. He was also our assistant athletic director during his twenty-
two years of service and was a moderator for the football, baseball, and wrestling teams. In 2002 he was
inducted into La Salle’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tom Doerger, our guidance director, remembered all of the wood figurines that Brother made for the
seniors with their football pictures on them. Tom also remembered the time he helped unload a station
wagon full of plywood that Brother Mario had obtained. Mike Stewart only taught one year with Brother
but remembered him with great fondness and recalled especially the letters that Brother would write to
those of us at La Salle long after he left us. We believe that he left a large part of himself here when he left
La Salle in 1989.

Brother Mario Stockhausen was a dedicated Christian Brother and a friend to many of us in the La Salle
community. Phil Reichle wrote that Brother Mario seemed like a dad to him. “I would even begin my
letters to him with ‘Dear Dad.’ I think he enjoyed that. I believe that in a way he was a dad to many young
men who had the opportunity to come in contact with him. He was a special man who loved La Salle.”
Thank you, Brother Mario, for your service and love for La Salle and for the legacy of your dedication.
Yes, you did perform miracles and touched our hearts.

Mick Owens
Former teacher at La Salle, Cincinnati
Current Lasallian animator

								
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