Br. Robert Schieler of the new Lasallian Region of RELAN (USA and Canada) has been elected for the mission of Superior General during the 45th General Chapter of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools that was recently held in Rome. He replaces Br. Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría who completed two terms as Superior General.
Before his election as the 27th successor of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Br. Robert was the General Councilor for RELAN for seven years. Born in 1950 in the city of Philadelphia in the US, he made his final profession in 1979. Among the first countries he visited as a Brother was the Philippines where he served as a missionary for 13 years. According to lasalle.org, he studied Modern European History and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.
In a letter to the new Superior General, DLSHSI President Br. Gus Boquer conveyed his congratulations and pledge to work with him in pursuing the Lasallian mission. “The realities that face the youth of today make our mission of bringing the love of God ever present in their lives even more challenging. But with God’s love and providence, and the omnipresent guidance of our founder, we are faithful that together, we will continue to be successful in this mission. Here at our campus, the Lasallian mission has grown and expanded beyond education, as we serve thousands of sick patients who come to us as their only hope for quality and compassionate medical care. We are looking forward to working with you as our leader and with the rest of the Lasallian communities in the world as we pursue our Lasallian mission,” said Br. Gus.
In the same letter, Br. Gus also thanked Br. Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría for his faithful service as Superior General for 14 years.
Also elected in the 45th General Chapter is Br. Jorge Gallardo as Vicar General and the five General Councilors for the five regions of the world with which the Institute is divided:
PARC (Asia): Br. Angel Ricardo P. Laguda FSC
RELAF (Africa): Br. Pierre Saïdou Ouattara FSC
RELAL (Latin America): Br. Paulo Petry FSC
RELEM (Europe and Middle East): Br. Aidan Illtyd Kilty FSC
RELAN (US and Canada): Br. Timothy Coldwell FSC