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Father Patrick LaBelle ’61 honored as Christian Brothers Affiliate

Father Patrick LaBelle (left) has served Saint Mary’s in many ways; as a professor, as campus minister, dean of student life and a trusted advisor and mentor.Long associated with the Brothers of the San Francisco District, Father Patrick Leo LaBelle, O.P., was presented with a Letter of Affiliation on November 17 at a ceremony in the Saint Mary’s Chapel. The honor was bestowed in recognition of his close and enduring connection with the work of the Brothers, his persistent collaboration in their educational mission, and his personal life inspired by Lasallian spirituality.

A 1961 graduate of Saint Mary’s College, after his ordination Father LaBelle served for many years as the school’s chaplain, dean of student life  and faculty member. He also spent 13 years as Catholic campus minister at Stanford University.

As a junior at SMC, LaBelle and his friends organized the 1959 prank in which 23 students jammed themselves into a phone booth, setting the world record and landing on the cover of Life magazine.

As an Affiliate (AFSC), he shares in the spiritual benefits and apostolic activities of all who serve in the Lasallian mission.


Read Brother Mel Anderson’s speech honoring "Father Pat."

See more photos of Father LaBelle’s ceremony.

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