Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, Professor of Theology at Lewis University, was among the presenters at the International Lasallian University Faculty Leadership Program for the International Association of Lasallian Universities in Rome, Italy. He presented "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition” at the two-week program that explored Catholic identity and Lasallian spirituality. Twenty-seven universities from 11 countries were represented at the meeting in June.
Other presenters include: Brother Diego Munoz, FSC, Coordinating Secretary for Lasallian Resources and Research, who presented "Understanding John Baptist de La Salle and the Institute" and Brother Michael French, FSC, Midwest District, United States, who presented “Lasallian Spirituality.”
Since the program’s inception six year ago, almost 20 Lewis University faculty members have attended the program. Mary Adams, Instructor in the College of Nursing, Marvin Bates, Marketing Instructor in the College of Business, and Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, Associate Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences participated in this year’s program.
The international network of Lasallian universities was evident to those participating in the meeting. Cremin commented, “It is fascinating to be in a meeting with translators. The main languages are English, Spanish, and French. It makes the International mission of the Christian Brothers very evident. The participants are finding ways of bridging our cultures and languages.”
Bates added, “The value of this experience is the formation of an international cohort of scholars who will foster the values and mission of De La Salle, while expanding service to our local communities.”
The Lewis University faculty members benefited from listening to many of the leaders of the Christian Brothers who spoke during the program, including Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, FSC, Superior General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Adams said, “Brother Alvaro talked today about how research at the university has three goals, education, research, and personal growth. He asserted that the research component should reflect Lasallian values. We’ll keep that in mind as we return to the classroom in Romeoville.”
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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