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Benning, James Joyce, FSC (DeSales), 1937-2016



  • Existence: 1937 - 2016



Brother DeSales Benning was born James Joyce Benning on March 20, 1937 in Jamaica, New York. He attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On June 18, 1955 he received the habit of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. After completing the Novitiate, Brother DeSales entered the Scholasticate in Elkins Park, Philadelphia. He attended La Salle College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his B.A. degree in 1959.

In 1959 he withdrew from the De La Salle Brothers to enter the order of the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis. He remained a part of this religious order until 1975, when he reentered the De La Salle Brothers, this time on the west coast in the San Francisco District. He took his final vows on October 24, 1976 in Los Angeles, California.

From 1975 until 1982 he taught at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, California. His next assignment was at La Salle High School in Pasadena, California, where he taught from 1982 until 1994. In 1994 he entered the University of Arizona and completed graduate studies in Spanish. After completing his studies he was assigned to teach at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California for the 1997-1998 school year. In 1998 he was reassigned to La Salle High School in Pasadena where he taught until he retired in 2016. He retired to the Holy Family Community at Mont La Salle in Napa, California.

Brother DeSales passed away on June 28, 2016 at Mont La Salle, Napa, California, at the age of 79. He is buried in the Brothers' cemetery at Mont La Salle.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

The Brother DeSales Benning Collection

Identifier: SF-400-1160

The personnel file of Brother DeSales Benning, containing such items as correspondence, photographs, biographical materials, academic materials, professional papers, and documents relating to his death.

Dates: 1937-2016