Saint Mary's To Honor Noted Lasallian Educator Brother Thomas Johnson

Brother Thomas Johnson, 2016 Saint Mary's College De La Salle Week Convocation Honoree.Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC, the director of the Novitiate for the Region of North America of the De La Salle Christian Brothers will receive an honorary doctoral degree as the guest of honor at the annual De La Salle Week Convocation at Saint Mary’s College of California. The Convocation is the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, founder of the Christian Brothers and the College’s Lasallian heritage and mission.

During the campus-wide celebration, Saint Mary’s students, Christian Brothers, faculty and staff come together to commemorate and increase awareness of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The Convocation takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in the Saint Mary’s College Chapel at 1928, St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif. 94575.
 
"We are extremely honored by Brother Thomas Johnson’s visit to Saint Mary’s. He is a widely respected educator and a gifted administrator whose life-long leadership has been in service to Lasallian education,” said Saint Mary’s President James Donahue. “He has been described as ‘a Brother’s Brother,’ an individual whose leadership style and wise counsel is immensely valued throughout the Lasallian community. We take great pride in recognizing him during this year’s convocation.”  
 
In addition to the Convocation, De La Salle Week includes a symposium on the impact of Lasallian academic research, which prioritizes studies on food, nutrition and health; sustainability and the environment, and education and learning innovation. Saint Mary’s has become a hub for scholarship in these critical areas. Held on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the free conference features a keynote address by the director of Lasallian Research at the International Institute in Rome, Brother Diego Munoz, FSC.
 
Brother Thomas Johnson began his service to the educational mission of the Christian Brothers in 1969 teaching English at a high school just outside of Chicago, and later as an inner city assistant principal at De La Salle Institute. Recognized for his faith-inspired leadership and administrative acumen, he served as the Visitor of the Chicago District, Visitor of the Midwest District and as the Regional Coordinator of the United States and Toronto Region. During his tenure as Regional Coordinator, he was acknowledged for fostering collaborations and shared governance among Christian Brothers and their Lasallian partners to promote the order’s educational mission. Brother Thomas would go on to serve as Vicar General, the second highest position of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Rome.
 
Most recently, Brother Thomas returned to Chicago in 2015 to serve as the director of the Novitiate for the Lasallian Region of North America. As the director of novices, he is responsible for guiding young men during their one-year formation period of reflection and discernment before they take their first vows to join the order of De LaSalle Christian Brothers.
 
Brother Thomas earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from Lewis College, a master of arts degree in English and a master of education degree in from DePaul University. Additionally, he has completed studies at Loyola University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan.
 
De La Salle Week activities also includes a 5k run for hunger, community masses, and a fair trade and social justice festival. For more information about De La Salle Week at Saint Mary’s visit stmarys-ca.edu/mission-ministry-center/de-la-salle-week-2016
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