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Brennan, James (Celestine James, FSC)

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Identifier: LN-400-22


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from the eulogy delivered at Br. James's funeral "Jim's educational history is extensive - St. Christopher's in Baldin, and on to St. Joseph's pre-novitiate program in Barrytown, New York. He graduated in 1947 then entered the Christian Brothers Novitiate and received the religious habit of that same year, and pronounced his first vows in 1948. Jim received his Bachelor's degree in history from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. in 1952, and two Master's degrees from Manhattan College in History in 1958, and Religious Education in 1975. His first assignment was St. Thomas the Apostle in New York City followed by Holy Name and Incarnation. Then, it was on to La Salle Military Academy where he served as teacher and dormitory prefect until 1963. He continued moving farther east when he was assigned to Kamwenja, Nyeri, Kenya. In 1966 Brother James was assigned to Laikipia High School where he served as Deputy Headmaster in Thompson Falls, Kenya. He returned to the Long Island-New England District in 1971 and participated in the Sangre de Cristo Renewal Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1972 Jim returned to La Salle Military Academy as a teacher of Science and Religion. In 1980 he served as Director of Development for the District until 1985 when he began development work for St. Cecilia's School in Brooklyn. Brother James also accompanied our dedicated Familiares members as they provided support for our Brothers and the mission of St. John Baptist de La Salle. In 1989 Jim was ready to shift gears as he had been preparing to serve as Pastoral Care Coordinator at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish. In 1991 Jim wrote that during this time he was having some health issues. He was experiencing difficulty breathing and dryness of the throat.... He served as Chaplain at Kings Highway Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center through 2000. He continued to be present to our Familiares Members. He was asked to serve the Retired Brothers as their Director at The Scalabrini Residence in North Kingstown, RI. In December of 2006 Jim moved to our Community in Oakdale. He continued his association with our Familiares Members and assisted in local parish service."


6 Files (1 document box (2.5"))

Repository Details

Part of the De La Salle Christian Brothers Archives of the Long Island-New England District Repository

O'Malley Library, Room 200
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale New York